By Joe Ellis

29th Aug, 2022 | 11:13am

Leeds United must not risk Patrick Bamford fitness v Everton

After defeat away at Brighton on Saturday, Leeds United will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Everton to Elland Road.

Frank Lampard’s Toffees have endured a torturous start to the season with just two points from their first four games which came at home to Nottingham Forest and away at Brentford.

So a trip to Yorkshire will be a chance for them to gain their first win of the season but Jesse Marsch’s Whites will not be in any mood for generosity as they look to get back on track.

Leeds United could also be boosted by the return of talismanic striker Patrick Bamford as Leeds Live report that he is expected to be back and ready to play some part against the Merseyside club on Tuesday (30 August).

“We think he’s doing well and moving forward. I think also with the performances of the team, it allows us to be patient, but we will still have a call to make,” Marsch said on Bamford’s fitness.

The temptation will be there for the American manager to throw the England international straight back into the side given how well he and Rodrigo have combined but caution must be taken at all costs.

There is hardly a player in the world who is more prone to injuries right now than Bamford and Marcelo Bielsa proved that rushing him back only ever goes badly for Leeds last season.

With Dan James a very capable replacement for the Whites’ number nine, Bamford can be afforded plenty of time to slowly build his fitness up again and then be gradually introduced back into the first team picture with substitute appearances.

In other Leeds United news, there is renewed transfer optimism from the Championship that could see one of Thorp Arch’s most promising young talents leave Yorkshire for South Wales.