Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford’s return from injury for the Whites is now ‘on the horizon’, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Bamford out for months
The 28-year-old was a huge player for Leeds last season, topping their Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals and helping them to a ninth-placed finish.
However, Bamford has been absent since the middle of September with an injury, which has duly restricted to just five league starts in the current campaign.
It appears as though the striker’s return is edging closer, though, with Hay providing a very positive update on the situation.
The Latest: Hay gives positive update
That suggests the England international will be able to play a key role in the Whites’ December fixtures, which would be a timely return amidst a busy upcoming schedule.
The Verdict: Season turning point?
Bamford’s influence on this Leeds team is enormous both on and off the ball – he has averaged three shots and 1.6 clearances per game in the league this season – so his return should be huge for Marcelo Bielsa.
Granted, it may take time for him to rediscover top form, but his ability to find the net and bring teammates into the game could be priceless.
Without him, Leeds have looked far more toothless in attack, scoring just seven goals in as many games in his injury-enforced absence. Indeed, it’s not exaggerating to suggest that Bamford’s return might just be the turning point in the Whites’ season, if he can pick up where he had left off prior to his injury.
In other news, one Leeds player has been tipped for a move to Liverpool. Find out who it is here.
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