The Lowdown: Bamford back on the pitch
His latest foot issue came against Wolves in March, although it looks as if he could have a part to play in the final games of the season as Leeds battle to avoid the drop.
Jesse Marsch confirmed last week that the striker has been back out on the Thorp Arch training pitches, but Mills had his concerns regarding Bamford’s fitness.
The Latest: Mills’ claim on Bamford
He said that starting Bamford and having to take him off would be ‘disruptive’ to Marsch’s tactical setup and urged caution over the use of the 28-year-old given his injury troubles over the past few months.
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The 44-year-old warned:
“It would be a real risk to have him as the main man up front going forward.
“He could break down at any moment, so to have him playing minutes if he’s not 100% – it’s a risk.
“If you have to then take him off, it’s disruptive. You’ve laid all your plans around him playing and having an impact.
“If you then have to take him off, it’s a bit like ‘oh no’ – because you have to change your set-up and your tactics completely if you’re Jesse Marsch.”
The Verdict: Impact sub?
Should Bamford return to the matchday squad for the final three games of the season, it could be wise if Marsch decided for an opposing plan to the one back in March.
Bamford was given the nod from the off in wins over Norwich and Wolves, but he failed to play more than 45 minutes in either game.
Therefore, it could be wise to use the striker as an impact sub instead of starting in upcoming games against Brighton, Brentford and possibly even Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Whites now at a make-or-break stage of the season.
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