After picking up a much-needed win in midweek with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Leeds United are back in action this afternoon with a match against Brentford at Elland Road next up for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
In terms of which players Bielsa could pick for his starting XI to take on Thomas Frank’s side, one player that should be in the team is striker Patrick Bamford.
Despite being out injured for the past few weeks with an ankle issue, Bielsa revealed that the striker will be fit enough to be in the squad for today’s game after Bamford completed the full 90 minutes in Leeds’ U23s match against Manchester City’s U23 side on Monday.
With this in mind and the fact that Bamford managed to score one goal and provide two assists in his first five league games of the season, he should be back in the starting XI to take on the Bees and get his season back on track if he’s deemed fit enough to start.
Last season saw the 28-year-old, who has been called an “exceptional” player in the past by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, score an impressive total of 17 goals in 38 league games, chipping in with eight assists along the way, showing just how important he is to the team.
If Bamford were to start today and manages to get back amongst the goals after returning from injury, he could be a terrifying prospect for Brentford’s defenders to have to deal with, who have only managed to win one of their seven previous league outings.
In terms of who Bamford could replace in the team if Bielsa does put him in from the start today, Tyler Roberts could find himself back on the substitutes bench down to the fact that he has yet to score a goal or provide an assist for Leeds in the league so far this season,
Moving forward, if Bielsa does start Bamford today, he would surely give his side a better chance of securing another win rather than having him on the bench.
However, with Leeds having games against Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool to come after today’s match, perhaps it could be worth saving Bamford for these games where it will be harder for Bielsa’s side to pick up points.