Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could return for the trip to Tottenham later this month, according to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Bamford missing since September
The 28-year-old was outstanding for Leeds last season, scoring 17 goals and registering seven assists in the Premier League as his side finished ninth.
Bamford’s campaign has been frustrating this time around, though, with an ankle injury ruling him out of action since the middle of September. Only five league appearances have come his way since the start of the season, but the hope is that his return is edging closer.
The Latest: Hay gives positive update
That’s certainly the view of The Athletic‘s Hay, who confirmed in a Q&A after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City that Bamford could be back in time for Leeds’ next match, which is against Tottenham on 21 November.
In addressing a supporter’s concern about Rodrigo being one yellow card away from a suspension, the journalist gave the informative reply that: “There’s a decent chance that Bamford will be back for Spurs.”
The Verdict: Massive boost for Leeds
This is hugely positive news for the Whites, with Bamford’s aforementioned quality in the final third a big miss in the last two months – Leeds have only scored 11 goals in as many league games this season.
Not only have they been without the striker’s penalty box prowess, they have also missed his ability to bring team-mates into the game and link up effectively with the midfielders and wide men.
Bamford’s return should have a massive impact on the whole team, with the Whites hero very much the focal point of their attack. Hay’s confidence that the 28-year-old will be back for the Spurs game in just under two weeks’ time is very encouraging to hear.
In other news, one Leeds player is eyeing a permanent exit from the club. Find out who it is here.
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