By Mark Smith

18th Oct, 2022 | 7:10am

Internal transfer argument underway at Leeds United, Patrick Bamford can stop it - Phil Hay

An internal transfer argument is well underway at Leeds United with Patrick Bamford at the root of the problems, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist admitted that the striker can help pack that away by scoring consistent goals, but injuries and missed chances have only seen the demand for a new number nine rise.

Bamford is said to have wiped out a full year of his career in the past two seasons after that foot problem which never properly healed until the start of this campaign.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay dug deep into the struggles behind the reliance on Bamford from Leeds despite his massive struggles.

“That injury and others before and since have wiped out 12 months of his career,” he wrote.

“They have wiped out the World Cup too, although any player who goes as long as him without completing a full competitive game is likely to have their priorities in order and think more, as Bamford said himself, about ‘where the next goal is coming from’. 

“His 45 minutes against Arsenal on Sunday was the perfect depiction of a striker who would take one from anywhere, begging for the stars to align. It would help him, it would help his club and it would pack away an internal argument about the transfer window until another day.”

Clear as day.

Leeds have been screaming out for a quality number nine for years now, and Sunday just made that clearer.

Bamford is quality in this system, but once you stop finding the back of the net and picking up consistent injuries, your career is likely to never be the same again.

The Whites are that consistent class number nine away from easily competing in the top half every single season and pushing for Europe, and surely the club now sees that.

After that defeat against table-topping Arsenal, there was no doubt that Leeds can compete against the best and smash them on their day, but you get nothing for good performances.

You have to put the ball in the net and most teams have that option, just look at Ivan Toney in an average Brentford side this season and last.

Bamford, unfortunately, doesn’t do that, and January may finally be the time to pull the trigger after that mid-season break for the World Cup – are you listening, Victor Orta?

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