The Lowdown: Brighton absence
Bamford has been missing since March after suffering a ruptured foot against Wolves. The 28-year-old was expected to be available for the final few games of the season, if required, but he wasn’t included in Marsch’s squad for the final home match of the campaign against Brighton.
Pascal Struijk’s late equaliser lifted the Whites out of the bottom three ahead of Burnley, but the Clarets have a game in hand, so it looks as if Leeds will need to come away from London with something on Sunday to guarantee a third season of Premier League football.
The Latest: Jones’ comments
Jones, talking to The Transfer Tavern, had this to say on Bamford featuring on Sunday, believing Marsch will use the forward, who he thinks can get Leeds out of trouble.
“There’s just nobody in this team that can score goals consistently. There’s nobody that you can turn to in moments of trouble and hope they can get you out of it.
“That guy is Bamford still, so I think that if there’s any way they can get him out on that pitch in the starting 11 particularly, then Jesse Marsch will do it.”
Will Marsch keep Leeds up?
Yes, I still have faith!
No, we are finished!
The Verdict: Risk needed?
Marsch has already risked Bamford from the off against Norwich and Wolves back in March, a gamble which didn’t pay off and left the forward in tears at Molineux.
On that basis, he may well be reluctant to throw the forward in the starting XI on Sunday. However, having him travel with the squad and taking a place on the bench could still be a wise call, especially as 16-year-old Archie Gray has made the 18 in the last three games, highlighting how short the Whites are.
Defenders Struijk and Diego Llorente have scored Leeds’ last two league goals over the past five games, so if Marsch needs a goal late on, having Bamford to call upon for the second half could be the difference between relegation and survival.
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