By Joe Ellis

14th Nov, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United struggle to count on Patrick Bamford amid injury problems - Phil Hay

Patrick Bamford has become a player that Leeds United can no longer rely upon after a series of injuries, according to Phil Hay.

The England international had a sensational season when the Whites were first promoted to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa but has very rarely featured since.

Most of his time has been spent on the treatment table since then and The Athletic reporter Hay believes that Jesse Marsch can no longer trust him as he once did.

Yet again, though, Patrick Bamford falls into this category,” he said when asked about who has something to prove after the World Cup.

“By the time the season restarts, he’ll have gone a calendar year without scoring. He’s not far off 18 months since he last completed 90 minutes. Leeds seem less and less able to count on him up front.”

Fragile

In truth, it was something of a miracle that Bamford managed to play so many games under Bielsa when the intensity of the football was at an all-time high at Thorp Arch.

He got through that first season relatively unscathed but it all came very unstuck the following year which eventually saw the Argentine sacked and replaced by Marsch.

The American manager has hardly been able to call upon the 29-year-old this season with yet more injuries sidelining him from Elland Road and it might soon be time for him to move on.

His talent is undeniable and if he were to get himself fit for a significant run of games he would start to perform but Leeds can’t afford to keep waiting around for that day, especially while paying him big wages.

If a club does try to sign him in the coming windows then it might be worth cashing in while he still has some value on his head even though injuries have cheapened him considerably.

In other Leeds United news, one player who could replace the England international may well be available in January according to Fabrizio Romano.