By Joe Ellis

9th Jan, 2022 | 7:18pm

Bielsa provides Bamford injury update after missing Leeds United FA Cup tie

Following defeat in the FA Cup, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa provided an update on Patrick Bamford’s injury progress.

The England international missed the 2-0 loss against West Ham which meant Sam Greenwood started for the first time upfront.

In his post-match press conference, Bielsa revealed why Bamford was not involved when he was expected to play.

“It’s a knock underneath his hip, and it’s still not clear what the reason is behind it,” Bielsa said, as quoted by Joe Donohue.

Alterations Required

It’s happening far too often for the Whites now, players are now feeling the effects of playing Bielsa’s ‘murderball’ for years on end and now his squad is decimated.

There’s no guarantee that the intense training and in-game tempo is causing these injuries but no other Premier League side has struggled with such a crisis despite COVID-19 running rife through the country.

But it can’t be a coincidence and maybe it is time that Bielsa adjusts his tactics, having been stubborn about them since his arrival at Elland Road.

The 61-year-old has enjoyed great success with his full-throttle style of play but now teams are figuring them out in the top flight, now is the time for change.

Whether that means a formation change or a more cautious approach to pressing, isn’t for us to decide but Bielsa’s coaches need to make their voices heard, as do the players.

Very soon, the Argentine will find himself with no players at all at which point he will have to take his foot off the accelerator to ensure he isn’t required to put the boots on himself.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay was baffled by an incident in the Whites’ FA Cup defeat to West Ham.