By Joe Ellis

10th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Early Leeds United team news v Tottenham: Patrick Bamford could return, Joe Gelhardt faces wait

Leeds United could have Patrick Bamford back in the squad in time to face Tottenham Hotspur in what will be the club’s last game before the World Cup.

The England international, who is highly unlikely to be selected for Qatar by Gareth Southgate, has sat out the past two games after coming off the bench away at Liverpool.

He is yet to play a full 90 minutes for the Whites this season but could be back in the side when Leeds head to the capital to face Antonio Conte’s Spurs, according to Rene Maric.

The assistant manager revealed after the club’s 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Wolves that he had a chance to make the squad, as reported by BBC Yorkshire journalist Adam Pope.

Maric later said that Joe Gelhardt, who limped off at Molineux on Wednesday (9 November) would have to wait for his injury diagnosis as he was unable to determine the severity of it, again reported by Pope.

No risk

Having won back-to-back Premier League games, Leeds United are no longer in a position where they need to risk their star senior players in an attempt to get a result.

Rodrigo has taken the baton and made the striker spot his own this season and Bamford’s availability shouldn’t change any of that now that Crysencio Summerville has also found form out wide.

Jesse Marsch should be going to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (very imaginatively named) and putting out the same side that won at Anfield and then beat Bournemouth in a thriller at Elland Road.

The defensive part of the game might not be at its very best right now but when the team possesses so much attacking threat, you have to try and make the most of it.

Bamford seems to be just a chance for the game so if he can take a spot on the bench then he should but by no means should the boss be bringing him back into the side from the start.

In other Leeds United news, Tony Dorigo has been gushing over the Whites this week and one “huge positive” that has carried them to points recently.