By Sam Stone

29th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Patrick Bamford could face Elland Road exile as Leed United eye 'excellent' Brazilian striker Pedro

Patrick Bamford’s form has been an area of contention this season with the Leeds United striker struggling to contribute for Jesse March’s side.

The 29-year-old has been less than impressive in the 2022/23 campaign with Bamford registering just one assist so far. Rodrigo has certainly been Leeds’ go-to in front of goal, but the Spaniard cannot be expected to carry the goalscoring burden right through until the season’s end.

If Leeds want to avoid a relegation scrap, it’s absolutely essential that Marsch adds another striker to his ranks in the January transfer window. The American has been linked to a number of forwards already and the latest forward to be linked to a move to Yorkshire is Brazilian striker Pedro.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs (28 November) has suggested (GIVEMESPORT, 28 November) Leeds are “monitoring” the 25-year-old who is currently part of Brazil’s World Cup squad. The Flamengo striker scored 29 goals in the 2021/22 season and has been called an “excellent finisher” by BBC Sport commentator Guy Mowbray (19 November).

News of another forward potentially coming to Elland Road could further highlight Marsch’s current stance on Bamford’s performance levels. The 29-year-old looks shot for confidence in front of goal and is certainly past his best years.

He’s been a superb servant for the Whites over a long period of time, but surely some of Leeds’ more senior players will look to move on soon. Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich are two more names who could well face uncertain futures, with Marsch looking to stamp his authority onto proceedings at Elland Road.

A new striker is certainly required in West Yorkshire, and sadly for Bamford a new forward could well see him move down the pecking order.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from this month, making a January transfer imperative.