By Beck Pascal

28th Mar, 2022 | 9:30am

Leeds United ace Patrick Bamford will be back 'stronger' - David Prutton

David Prutton has predicted Leeds United talisman Patrick Bamford to come back “fitter and stronger” despite massively struggling to stay fit this season.

The England international has been plagued with injuries which have seen him feature in the Premier League only nine times for the Whites – having a hand in four goals along the way. 

On Sunday night [27 March], it was confirmed that Bamford will miss six weeks with his latest foot injury.

Former Leeds player and Sky Sports host Prutton expressed his concern for the striker but claimed he has the right character to make a strong comeback. 

Prutton wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column: “You had to feel for him. It’s been one of those seasons for Patrick which footballers sometimes, unfortunately, have to get their head around.

“Hopefully, he looks at this situation and is able to see the broader picture – times are tough, but this is part of his footballing career.

“Good seasons, bad seasons, indifferent spells and prolific spells all make up the tapestry of what your career ends up being and Patrick doesn’t strike me as a kid that is afraid of hard work.

“If he’s got to draw on reserves of strength and character then the young man that I have come across is resilient and a player that you would count on to come back fitter and stronger.

“It’s just about getting over that hurdle of a run of games and that’s a real key thing when you have been injured.”

Made of glass

Bamford will be back stronger, there is no doubt about that. Being out injured for virtually the whole season wouldn’t have been easy for the forward but it will give him that fire in his belly upon his return. 

He has already shown several times this season how eager he is to make his return and help the team. Maybe too eager with the injuries reoccurring almost every time he makes his return to action. 

He has been a big miss this season and if he had been fit enough to string a run of games together and build some momentum you would expect Leeds to be much further away from the relegation zone than they currently are.

Jesse Marsch will be very keen to get Bamford back into the fold properly before the end of the season. Not only would he help them secure Premier League safety, but it is vital he understands the American’s style a bit better going into next season.

With that being said the 28-year-old is made of glass this term so the Whites need to be overly careful with their treatment of their key man before another surprise injury keeps him out for any longer.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips has a “difficult” job at England according to Michail Antonio.