By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

3rd Oct, 2023 | 5:40pm

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Patrick Bamford must be “slowly” reintroduced to the Leeds United fold after his return to fitness, according to Paul Robinson.

In the latest of a series of injury blows, the Englishman suffered a hamstring injury before Leeds’ opening-day clash against Cardiff City. However, he was back on the pitch as a late substitute in the Whites’ 3-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday (30 September).

Bamford will face a challenge to earn a starting spot after the fine start the Whites’ forwards have made, namely Joel Piore with four goals this season and Georginio Rutter with two goals and two assists in the early stages of the season.

Robinson has urged the manager not to rush Bamford’s reintegration, suggesting that the value of having the 30-year-old across the whole season is invaluable, meaning risking an early return could jeopardise this.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It gives the manager a great problem as all the current players are all playing well and all scoring goals, which is the problem that every manager wants to have.

“A player like Bamford coming back into your side and fully fit is a great addition. He’s going to feel like a new signing because he’s been out for so long again.

“He’s not going to come in and play 90 minutes straight away. It’s a case of getting him in, getting him fit and integrating them into the side, but it’s a slow process.

“You’d rather him be integrated into the side slowly and be fit for the whole season than try and rush him back for 90 minutes and lose him again for another two months.

“I wouldn’t expect to see him come into the side and play any kind of major part for the coming weeks because the team are playing so well, the likes of Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter are playing well and scoring goals.

“I think the manager will see the importance of having him at his disposal for a full season rather than rushing him back and the potential of him maybe breaking down. It won’t be an immediate impact, I don’t think.”

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says there is “simply no way” back for an exit-bound senior player who is training on their own currently.