It has been an eventful few weeks for Patrick Bamford at Leeds United, hasn’t it?
The Whites forward was the toast of Elland Road in April after he scored a vital brace in an away victory at Preston North End which gave his side the advantage over Sheffield United in the race for automatic promotion in the Championship.
Yet with the pressure cranked up on Leeds due to the Blades recording wins against Nottingham Forest and Hull City, Bamford was unable to provide the required firepower to keep the club’s fate in their own hands.
Following consecutive defeats to Wigan Athletic and Brentford, the Whites were consigned to the lottery of the play-offs after Chris Wilder’s United beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at Bramall Lane to guarantee their place in the Premier League next season.
Although Leeds will be confident of joining them following their 1-0 victory over Derby County in the first leg of their semi-final clash last Saturday, Bielsa faces a huge dilemma in terms of team selection for Wednesday’s return fixture.
With Kemar Roofe ruled out of the clash due to a calf injury (via BBC Sport), the Argentine may have to turn to Bamford to lead the line at Elland Road.
However, when you consider the £5.4m-rated marksman’s (via Transfermarkt) antics against Aston Villa last month, it could be a huge risk to start him against Derby.
After getting into an altercation with Anwar El Ghazi in which Bamford got the Dutchman sent off despite there being no contact between the pair, the 25-year-old was given a two-match ban by the Football Association for successfully deceiving a match official (via Sky Sports).
Although he has now served this suspension, the spotlight will be on the former Middlesbrough ace during tomorrow’s showdown if he is selected by Bielsa and therefore it may be wise if he is used as a substitute instead.
In order to do this, the 63-year-old may have to play either Jack Harrison or Pablo Hernandez in a false nine role or even call upon the services of Ryan Edmondson who has been in superb form for the under-23’s this season.
What do you think Leeds fans? Would it be too much of a risk to start Bamford on Wednesday given his recent discipline troubles? Or should he be given a chance at redemption by Bielsa against Derby? Let us know below.
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