That’s according to Jesse Marsch, who revealed in his pre-match press conference (via Leeds Live) that, after missing the Whites’ last three fixtures as a result of an abductor injury picked up in the first half of the 2-2 draw with Southampton earlier this month, Patrick Bamford is finally looking likely to be available for selection for the visit of the Toffees tonight.
Speaking about the current condition of the centre-forward, the 48-year-old manager said: “Patrick Bamford will be really close for that match. So we should have options.”
Considering just how many injury setbacks the England international endured over the course of Leeds’ uninspiring 2021/22 Premier League campaign – in which the 28-year-old featured just ten times across all competitions, scoring two goals – the potential of a fit and firing Bamford once again being available for selection is sure to have left Marsch buzzing.
Indeed, the £14.4m-rated forward proved just how dangerous he can be when fully fit over his 38 Premier League appearances back in 2020/21, scoring a quite remarkable 17 goals, registering an impressive seven assists and creating a further five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots – 1.3 of which hit the target – and making 0.8 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £35k-per-week talent average an eye-catching SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as the Whites’ joint seventh-best performer in the league that season, while his 17 goals also saw him finish joint fourth – alongside Son Heung-min – in the Premier League scoring charts.
As such, while it will undoubtedly take Bamford a little while to refind this level of form after suffering yet another injury setback, the striker’s potential inclusion for the visit of Everton will nevertheless come as a huge boost to Leeds’ chances of taking all three points from the clash – as the 28-year-old has more than proven that he is one of the most deadly forwards in the division.