By Mark Smith

22nd May, 2022 | 2:10pm

Sky Sports pundit: Leeds United have to take Patrick Bamford to Brentford showdown, may not be fit enough to start

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Paul Robinson has insisted that Leeds United simply have to take Patrick Bamford in their squad for the final day Premier League showdown against Brentford.

The Sky Sports pundit did admit that the England international will not be fit enough to start, but could make a big difference off the bench if Leeds need a goal.

The Whites need to better the result of Burnley in order to stay in the Premier League, with big calls from Jesse Marsch certainly coming our way.

“If he’s got any kind of minutes in his legs, you have to take that opportunity,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“He can change a game, whether it’s from the start or from the bench. I’d strongly suspect after all of this time he won’t be strong enough to start a game, but if he can play any part in the game or are chasing it and need a goal, it would be fantastic to have him on the bench.

“You’re stuck at this stage of the season.”

No brainer.

This is simply a decision that has to be made.

Leeds have months off before the start of next season, and if Bamford is at 75% but can give us a half of football, why not start him?

The Whites are tonnes better with him leading the line, as he finally gives them a target man to aim for with Joe Gelhardt and Rodrigo not that type of player.

Jesse Marsch admitted Bamford has looked good in training, and he wouldn’t be out there performing if he wasn’t close to his best and now isn’t the time to be careful.

Leeds want to stay in the Premier League, and the best way of doing that is having Bamford on the pitch.

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