Patrick Bamford out, Jack Harrison and Crysencio Summerville in contention - Leeds United early team news vs Newcastle
Patrick Bamford remains out of contention to be involved as Leeds United travel to Newcastle on New Years’ Eve says Jesse Marsch.
Tyler Adams returns from suspension in what his manager calls a “major boost”, while he is hopeful that attacking pair Jack Harrison and Crysencio Summerville will be fit for involvement.
The duo were named on the bench for the loss to Manchester City but didn’t see any minutes in the return from the World Cup break.
In his pre-match press conference, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marsch said of Bamford: “Probably not in training until next week, hopefully Sunday [or] Monday.
“He hasn’t been at 100 per cent since I’ve been here. He just hasn’t.
“That being said he’s created a tonne of chances. And it’s unfortunate that some of them haven’t fallen the way that he’s wanted.
“We’re hopeful that this diagnosis and this surgery can really be kind of a big part of the physical equation and solution for what’s necessary for Patrick.”
The improved form prior to the World Cup break lifted the feeling of doom around the club and demonstrated, as the start to the season had, that when Marsch’s side gets it right they are a force to be reckoned with.
And yet it is not impossible, although unlikely given the form of the teams around them, that they could enter 2023 in the relegation zone.
A trip to high-flying Newcastle off the back of a visit from Manchester City is hardly the most welcoming of double-headers to return from six weeks off to, and it would be a surprise if the Whites took points from St James’ Park.
But it has largely been the strongest sides this year who have brought the best out of Leeds United, so it cannot be ruled out, but the ongoing absence of the number nine certainly isn’t helping currently.
The four-game run following the trip to the North-East is going to be far more crucial to the short-term prospects of the club, and possibly Marsch himself.
Defence remains a weakness, and the January transfer window looks like helping in that regard, but a free-scoring Magpies side will be a challenge.
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