Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is still out with injury and concerns are rising with the lack of timescale on his return.
Injury concerns are rife at Elland Road at the moment and the main concern is when Patrick Bamford will be back in action after six games on the sidelines.
He’s someone who Leeds clearly could do with having back in the squad, but we’re no closer to finding out when he’s available following the international break.
The LeedsAllOver team – Alfie (N12), Toby (Neutral), and Kris (FA5) – discussed how concerning the silence on Bamford’s injury is…
It’s slightly concerning that what was meant to be a month absence has turned into two.
However, looking back to Bamford’s interview with the BBC last week, he said he was making progress. So, with that in mind, we can’t be overly worried.
This two week break has come at a good time and gives Leeds time to work on him over the international fixtures.
Whether we see him back for Tottenham is another matter, but there is a burst of three fixtures after that where Leeds need to be cashing in against Brighton, Crystal Palace and Brentford.
Let’s hope Bamford is back for those fixtures. If he isn’t, you question whether Leeds will get the points they need.
This does have to be a big worry for those of a Leeds United persuasion.
Bamford was a key source of goals for the Whites in the Premier League last season, and they have clearly struggled without that outlet during this campaign so far.
Indeed, in the absence of Bamford, it does feel as though there has been something of a reliance on Raphinha to come up with those goals, and that in itself has been a problem at times, given the Brazilian’s own availability issues in certain games.
With that in mind, you feel as though setting a return date for Bamford is important, then the Whites have an idea of how long they will have to cope with this situation, and how to manage other players as a result, as well as whether or not they might need to dip into the market for another striker come January.
If they do not, then getting out of the challenging situation they find themselves in, is not going to get any easier.
It’s not a good indicator for Bamford at all.
We’ve seen unclear updates come from a number of players in the past, with Robin Koch’s recent setback initially seen as a minor one before surgery was required. Not only that but I recall Adam Forshaw’s hip injury seeming like it would barely see him miss any action.
I don’t think we’re looking at a huge layoff for Bamford but six games is a lot of time to be without your chief goalscorer.
We can’t really afford to have him out for sustained periods though, because his presence in attack is something we’ve proved we can’t replicate.
Rodrigo and Dan James have demonstrated there is merit in tweaking our approach play, but it’s nowhere near as effective as the number nine’s efforts.
The sooner he returns, the sooner we will get back to hitting the heights of last season.