By Adefunmiloye Alani

7th Dec, 2021 | 10:30am

Rio Ferdinand: Patrick Bamford returning is huge boost for Leeds

Leeds United drew 2-2 with Brentford on Sunday, with Patrick Bamford coming off the bench to bag the equaliser having been out injured since September.

Rio Ferdinand was delighted to see the one-cap England international striker send Elland Road into a frenzy yesterday (5 December), and he has said on his YouTube channel that his return is a huge boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Bamford missed nine Premier League games due to injuries, and he made an instant impact upon his return to action, helping the Whites snatch a point at the death.

The ex-Leeds centre-back said on Rio Ferdinand Presents Five (at 44.39): “Brentford needed that result because they were losing quite a lot of games and I was thinking they were going to be stuck at the bottom of the table at some point soon, so they need good results.

“Last-minute goal from Bamford, I think it’s a big thing for Leeds, Patrick Bamford’s come back. He was the goal-getter, he was the man for them when they were in dire straits at times in games and they needed a goal. He’s stepped up and he’s done it again.”

Absolutely

The Yorkshire outfit only picked up three points from the first five games of the season, with Bamford scoring once and assisting twice.

The three wins they have managed in 2021-22 all came in his absence, but the fact that nobody has assisted more than him in the team speaks volumes.

Bielsa deployed Rodrigo and Joe Gelhardt as the side’s strikers in his absence, but they were not able to influence play as he usually does.

Leeds struggled without their hitman, and having him back right now is a huge boost.

They face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool next, and Bamford’s return would give them a chance of getting something from those games.

Scoring on his return would definitely have done his confidence a lot of good, and while having him around will not solve all their problems, it is a much-needed boost.

The Leeds attack have hugely missed Bamford given that Bielsa has built his team around him, and he cannot wait to help save his side after recent relegation worries.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.