Phil Hay has dropped a promising update on the condition of Leeds United centre-forward Patrick Bamford.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Athletic journalist revealed that, despite being seen limping towards the tunnel at half-time in the 2-1 victory over Norwich City on Sunday, it was always Jesse Marsch’s plan to withdraw the 28-year-old at the break – with the American manager looking to ease the England international back into first-team football following what was practically a six-month injury layoff.
In his tweet, Hay said: “Bamford is fine and the plan was always for him to have 45 minutes. They didn’t want to push him further. He should be fine for Wolves.”
Considering just how badly Leeds have missed the presence of Bamford leading their line over the last six months, the news that the striker does not look to have suffered a setback in his recovery is sure to have left the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 38 Premier League appearances last season, the £18m-rated hitman proved just how important he is to the Whites, scoring 17 goals, providing seven assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £74k-per-week goal-machine earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as Leeds’ seventh-best performer in the top flight of English football last time out – with the 28-year-old playing a vital role in the Whites securing a top-half finish in the league.
However, with Bamford having only featured in eight Premier League fixtures so far this season – over which he has scored two goals, registered two assists and created two big chances – Leeds find themselves in a much more precarious situation, currently sitting just four points above the relegation zone with nine games left to play.
As such, the news that the Englishman should be fit to start against Wolves on Friday evening, as well as being able to play a part in the club’s run-in, will undoubtedly come as a huge boost to everyone involved with Leeds – as Bamford could well prove to be the difference between another season in the top flight and a return to the Championship.