By Saikat Mandal

4th Dec, 2022 | 7:40pm

Leeds United may never see Patrick Bamford return to his best form ever again

Patrick Bamford has picked up yet another injury and the Leeds United striker has been left out of the club’s training camp in Spain, according to The Atheltic.

The striker is currently in Munich to undergo a groin operation, although it appears that it’s a minor injury. He should be able to return within the next two weeks.

Bamford, 29, missed the last three games for the Whites with a hip injury and has made only four starts in the Premier League this season.

That brings into focus a massive worry that the England striker may never return to his best form ever again.

The last 18 months have been a nightmare experience for the Leeds striker, as he picked up one injury after another, limiting his game time.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Bamford will go full one year on Monday [5 December] without scoring a goal.

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He has provided one assist and could have had a goal to his name, but he missed a penalty in October’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Since September 17 of last year, he has played in 14 out of a possible 52 club matches, starting just six and not completing them.

The above stats only reflect Bamford’s frustrating battle against injuries.

What has been really frustrating is the stop-start nature of his situation. With every injury, it brings rustiness to his game, and it takes his sharpness away.

While he remains a confident striker, it could take a really long time to see him get going, provided he remains injury free. He was one of the main figures under Marcelo Bielsa but hasn’t featured enough under Jesse Marsch.

The Whites have kept immense faith in him. He is still the club’s first-choice striker, and everyone wants to see him deliver after the World Cup break. But, we may never see the old Bamford ever again.

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