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Paul Robinson is thrilled to see Patrick Bamford back on the scoresheet for Leeds United – even if it is for the Yorkshire club’s Under-21s.
Bamford, 29, has spent the majority of the last 12 months out injured but has gradually returned to action this season by playing four times in the Premier League and getting 76 minutes of game-time under his belt last Friday (16 September) when he played for Leeds’ Under-21s against Southampton.
Before he was substituted off at Elland Road, the one-time England international grabbed a hat-trick to help Leeds’ youngsters win 6-2 and continue their impressive start to the Premier League 2 season.
Robinson is happy to see that Bamford looks fit and raring to go and expects him to be back in the fold by the time Leeds return to action against Aston Villa once the international break ends.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Even if it’s the Under-21s, it’s nice to see him hitting the back of the net again.
“Yes, it’s obviously nowhere near the level of a Premier League game. But the fact he’s playing, the fact he’s fit and the fact he’s scoring goals is a huge boost for Leeds fans.
“With the way they played against Brentford, they need him, Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper back.
“The fact Bamford is playing and scoring goals again means his arrival is imminent.”
Bamford has managed 170 minutes of game-time in the Premier League this season and was brought on as a substitute in the 5-2 defeat at Brentford last time out on 3 September.
Last season, he played just nine times in the Premier League, amounting to 560 minutes.