By Sam Stone

19th Oct, 2022 | 10:29pm

Jesse Marsch faith in Patrick Bamford could mean Leeds United avoid striker hunt in January

It’s certainly been an eventful couple of weeks for Patrick Bamford with his hectic display against Arsenal failing to help Leeds United to a vital three points.

The 29-year-old hasn’t hit the back of the net in the 2022/23 season and is certainly going through a difficult run of form at the moment. The Whites were in desperate need of reinforcements up front over the summer and sadly couldn’t get another senior striker over the line.

It’s clear Willy Gnonto will be a star in the future, but it’s unlikely he will be the answer to all of Leeds’ prays for this season. Therefore, it would not be out of the question for Leeds to be looking into the striker market come January.

However, as of yet, we have heard very little in terms of another realistic forward being targeted, with Rangers defender Leon King (Fabrizio Romano, 11 October) and Bayern Munich midfielder West McKennie (Simon Phillips Substack,16 October) the latest players to be linked with a move to Elland Road.

Another striker wouldn’t go a miss and after Marsch’s latest show of faith in Bamford, it’s potentially unlikely for the club to enter the January market with eyes for a forward.

When a manager comes out a calls a player a “catalyst” and a “big part of the solution” (quoted by The Independent, 19 October), it’s a good indication that he will be the main man for the foreseeable future.

Evidently, Marsch is keeping faith with the 29-year-old and believes he is the player to prevent the Whites from being dragged into a relegation scrap.

If this is an indication of Leeds’ intentions moving into the January window then it could well be a worrying sign. It just doesn’t seem fair on Bamford to be the Whites’ main hope when he is clearly not the player he once was in front of goal.

Either Bamford rediscovers his form, or Marsch should accept that another foray into the striker market may well be required.

In other Leeds United news, Karen Carney has made a “Huge” admission ahead of the major relegation six-pointer against Leicester City later this week.