According to Phil Hay, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer, Leeds are not seeking to find a replacement for injured striker Patrick Bamford.
The 25-year-old was ruled out for four months yesterday, after injuring his knee in an under-23 match.
This leaves manager Marcelo Bielsa in a lot of trouble at this point in the season. While Bamford was not starting ahead of the man of the moment Kemar Roofe, he was playing a prominent role from the bench. Leeds play with such an intensity in defence from their forwards, that it is physically draining. Players need to be managed well and given adequate rest to avoid burning out before the end of the season.
Unfortunately for fans of The Whites, the lack of options means that a lot of strain is put on Roofe. That will not bother fans at the moment, as the striker is in a rich vein of form this season, already bagging four goals in the Championship. But the trouble is, as the season goes on, there could be a drop in the standard of Roofe’s performances if they do not find someone to balance the workload.
There are options elsewhere, like Tyler Roberts and Ryan Edmondson, but they are both teenagers and are untested in the Championship. For a side that is flying high in England’s second tier, and seeking to maintain their form, it could be a risk to depend on such young players.
This will be a testing four months for Bielsa, which he may live to regret come the end of the season.