By Joe Roberts

24th Oct, 2023 | 7:40pm

Patrick Bamford exit in January nailed on at Leeds United after what Daniel Farke told media

Patrick Bamford is surely facing an exit from Leeds United this January after what Daniel Farke said in his pre-Stoke City press conference.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post (24 October), Farke praised Bamford after his lengthy spell on the sidelines after he made substitute appearances in the Whites’ last four games.

However, his comments suggested he may have to bide his time before getting regular minutes for Leeds which will not be good news for Bamford’s aspirations this season.

Farke said: “Patrick was out for such a long time, eight weeks, we have to be a bit careful but we are happy we have Patrick back.

“I spoke about our goal tally, we are already on a really good path, we create chances. I’m also happy we have a proven goalscorer on this level with Bamford back. Patrick’s a senior figure and good to have him around, such a good teammate.”

A fit Bamford certainly has the quality to play regularly in the Championship but with limited opportunities on the horizon, he may seek a January exit.

With Joel Piroe, Georginio Rutter and other attackers ahead of the Englishman in Farke’s mind after their prolific start to life back in the second division, Bamford would just be wasting away on the bench. While his quality is undeniable, his injuries have clearly put a halt to his dominance of the Elland Road frontline, so a move would suit him.

After such a lengthy spell away from the action, Bamford will want regular minutes to build his confidence up and reestablish himself as a reliable goalscorer, something unachievable from the bench.

Occasional cameos in the latter stages of games will not be enough to satisfy Bamford’s desires, so he could opt to move to another promotion-chasing club this winter. However, even in his restricted game time, the 30-year-old has been showing signs of a resurgence.

Per FBRef, he has played just 0.7 90s of football in the league but has amassed 4.09 shots per 90, the most in the Leeds squad, and 5.45 shot-creating actions. While his minimal minutes will naturally impact these statistics, it is indicative of a player ready for regular action.

The Elland Road faithful would be sad to see him depart after five full seasons in Yorkshire, but it may be the best move for all parties.

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