Patrick Bamford will retain his spot as Marcelo Bielsa’s starting striker once Leeds United are able to continue their promotion charge, according to Phil Hay.

Jean-Kevin Augustin returned to training at Thorp Arch and there is no denying that the January loan signing is looking sharp after losing weight and recovering from a hamstring injury.

However, The Athletic journalist Hay has said in a Q&A session that he fully expects Bamford, 26, to continue starting up front for Leeds once the Championship season reconvenes.

When asked what the chances of Augustin starting are, Hay said: “Slim in what remains of the season.

“Bamford will retain his place up front and Bielsa doesn’t really do rotation or unnecessary substitutions.”

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Bamford has divided opinion among Leeds fans this season.

For a centre-forward playing for the league-leading team, his tally of 13 goals in 36 Championship appearances is less than impressive, especially as only three of them were scored in 2020.

But there is no denying that whatever Bielsa does, it works, with Leeds sat top of the league.

Although Augustin appears to be a lot fitter than he was before lockdown started, it remains to be seen how well he can play as he’s only played three times as a substitute since his January switch to Elland Road.

We will support whatever Bielsa does with his team selection, there’s no reason not to trust him. But if we had to choose who started up front we would go with Bamford based on Augustin still being a bit of a risk.

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