By Joe Ellis

10th Aug, 2022 | 1:40pm

Patrick Bamford could lose Leeds United starting spot if new striker is signed

Leeds United are doing everything they can to sign a striker before the summer transfer window closes and that could spell trouble for Patrick Bamford.

The England international spent the majority of the 2021-22 campaign on the physio’s bench with injuries and that meant both Jesse Marsch and his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa were forced to play the likes of Dan James, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo as strikers.

It wasn’t only wingers who played up top though as Joe Gelhardt shone brightly when he was given the chance and he too could be a problem for Bamford over the next 12 months.

Dean Jones suggested on Give Me Sport that Leeds United are hopeful to see Arnaud Kalimuendo become available in the very near few, saying: “There are some people there that want him to stay, but ultimately, there are very powerful people that believe that this could be a good moment to cash-in.”

“So, Leeds are hoping that that’s the one that comes along because he’s a really good young forward.”

The 20-year-old would be an exceptional decision but it would also threaten to derail Bamford’s future at Elland Road if he does perform to the levels many expect him to should the transfer happen.

Marsch may soon be looking to the future beyond this season and there could be a real possibility that Bamford is not in that vision which means the American coach may be ready to move on now.

Gelhardt should be getting more game time anyway having impressed in short spurts so far at Elland Road and Kalimuendo’s arrival, should it occur, would be the final nail in the coffin.

Bamford has been fantastic for the Whites when he has been fit but the last 12 months have proven that he cannot be trusted to stay fit and it may soon be time to move on entirely and towards a new look attack.

In other Leeds United news, all of the transfer attention has to be focused on Kalimuendo as a new update on Che Adams emerged on Wednesday.