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Leeds can finally ditch Bamford for Pedro

Leeds United will have gone into this World Cup break frustrated that their play has been halted.

Despite their most recent game being a loss against Tottenham Hotspur, it was yet another spirited display in what has been something of a resurgence of late under Jesse Marsch.

Although it seemed like the American might have been on his last legs, suffering an eight-game winless run with six of those being losses, the Whites had slumped into the relegation zone.

It, therefore, made their sensational win at Anfield all the more impressive, as they would beat Liverpool and score a further seven in the two games following.

As if to highlight the tightness throughout the table, these two wins have propelled them to 15th and highlighted the spirit within the side.

Although the goals have been free-flowing, that has been without their top marksman Patrick Bamford, who once again picked up an injury before their trip to Spurs.

It marked his first injury of the season, suggesting that he had not yet exorcised the demons of last campaign, where he was out of action for a total of 250 days.

This only stands to reinforce the notion that they need another striker, with the Englishman wholly unreliable through no fault of his own.

Therefore, the solution might be found in their reported pursuit of Brazilian striker Pedro.

However, boasting a €100m (£86m) release clause, the marksman will not leave Flamengo for a cut-price.

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The 25-year-old has excelled this past year in front of goal, with his 29 goals and ten assists earning him a call-up to his national team for the World Cup.

Once lauded as an “excellent finisher” by Guy Mowbray, this cutting-edge and extra influx of goals is exactly what is needed at Elland Road. His arrival would surely spell safety but could also signpost the end of the line for Bamford.

With just nine games to his name last season, he struggled to live up to the 17-goal haul of his 2020/21 campaign.

There is clearly a clinical striker in there, but he is hidden behind this blockade of injuries.

Therefore, Marsch must ditch him in favour of this exciting talent who is set to star in Qatar.