By Saikat Mandal

5th Mar, 2022 | 4:45pm

Jonathan Woodgate says Leeds United need to sign cover for Patrick Bamford

Jonathan Woodgate has suggested that Leeds United should look to sign a cover for Patrick Bamford in the summer transfer window.

The Whites have struggled badly in the absence of Bamford this season, with the England striker missing a chunk of games through injuries.

He has returned to the squad after a long injury lay-off and made the bench against Leicester City.

Woodgate said to BBC Radio 5 Live: “In the transfer window Leeds had to recruit someone in that (striker’s) role.

“Patrick Bamford got 17 goals last season. They needed to do better to get another number nine in there. That cover is something Leeds really lack, in my view.”

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Marcelo Bielsa didn’t feel the need to sign another back-up striker, as the Argentine felt he could do with the available resources he has got.

The former Leeds United boss used youngster Joe Gelhardt upfront, while Daniel James, who is primarily a winger, has played in the false nine role.

Rodrigo can also play as a striker but he is best used to playing in the advanced midfield role. Gelhardt is still raw and young, and Marsch needs to develop him gradually next season.

In that case, signing another striker, preferably someone with a proven Premier League experience, who can play second fiddle to Bamford, would be a smart decision.

Bielsa was very stubborn with transfers, and it will be interesting to see how Marsch approach the market in the summer.

Marsch loves to work with young talents, and Gelhardt is likely to get more exposure next season. But another striker would be a handy addition.

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