Leeds United’s injury problems have left Marcelo Bielsa without plenty of key players at various points in the season, but Patrick Bamford’s lengthy layoff has deprived him of his big summer recruit for almost the entirety of the campaign.
The injury list seems to pile up at Elland Road at a never-ending rate, with Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper the most recent reported casualties.
But with the new year beckoning and supporters beginning to turn their attention towards the January transfer window there is a major boost looming on the horizon.
Indeed, after more than three months on the sideline Patrick Bamford is edging closer to a full return, as he started for the U23 side yesterday in a 6-3 thrashing against Burnley’s U23 side.
Bamford was the star of the show at Burnley as he notched a hat-trick on his first competitive start since September, including a sumptuous dink to level the scoreline.
His performance caught the eye of the Whites faithful on Twitter and plenty of them expressed their delight over the enormity of his impact in the aftermath of proceedings.
And with Izzy Brown also bagging a goal it’s an exciting time for Leeds supporters as they prepare to welcome two attacking talents back into the fold.
Here’s what some Leeds fans have had to say about Bamford’s return to action yesterday…
— Ad Sham (@adsham1986) December 11, 2018
He's like a new signing, lets hope he scores an hat trick at Bolton on Saturday.
— Gorey White Mike Wharton (@Michael49983186) December 11, 2018
Gotta be better than @roofe39
Lovely problem to have
— waccoe (@WACCOE) December 11, 2018
— Ryan Gowdy (@RyanGowdy) December 11, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) December 11, 2018
The return of Bamford Ayling and Izzy Brown is like three new signings great news for Leeds!
— Martin Brown (@askham9) December 11, 2018
Important part to play has bamford..coming back at a good time to
— Micko (@Mick62215293) December 11, 2018
— ALL LEEDS (@LUFC_456) December 11, 2018
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— Reece James Red (@Reecejamesred92) December 11, 2018