Leeds‘ incredible 3-2 comeback victory away to high-flying Wolves moved them seven points clear of the drop zone, after goals from Jack Harrison, Rodrigo Moreno and Luke Ayling turned the game around and earned the visitors all three points.
However, the victory appeared to come at a cost, after four players were substituted with injuries, including goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who suffered a hip problem after being caught late by Raul Jimenez – who was sent-off for the challenge.
Diego Llorente and Mateusz Klich suffered a back spasm and concussion respectively, while striker Patrick Bamford, making just his third appearance since suffering a hamstring injury at the start of December – just one week after recovering from an ankle injury which kept him out from the middle of September.
Fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, with The Athletic journalist Phil Hay relaying a three-word comment from Leeds boss Jesse Marsch who said the injury was “not too bad.”
The news will come as a huge boost to the team and leave fans buzzing also, with Bamford having the benefit of an international break to use and spend recovering in time to return for the games at the business end of the season.
This season, the 28-year-old has managed just two goals in nine Premier League appearances, compared to last season’s total of 17 goals in 38 games – as well as seven assists too.
Last season, the former Chelsea prospect ranked in the top 11% of strikers in the Premier League for goal creating actions per 90 (0.50), top 8% for pressures in the attacking third per 90 (9.21) and top 9% for shots on target per 90 (1.33).
His performances in that campaign led to him receiving praise from a number of pundits, players and managers – like Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who was blown away by him.
“Top player, Bamford,” Klopp said after Liverpool took on Leeds at the end of last season.
“I can remember before the season I heard on talkSPORT that people said, “Leeds need a proper goalscorer, Bamford is not good enough”. I’m so happy that he could prove them wrong, he’s an exceptional player, perfect.
“The work rate is outstanding and still playing the football he plays on top of that and scoring goals, that’s rare.”
Therefore, Leeds supporters and Marsch will want that version of Bamford back when he lines up next for the club – which hopefully for them will be soon after the international break.