Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is reportedly ‘touch-and-go’ for their final game of the season clash at Brentford, states LeedsLive’s Ed Mackey.
The striker has been plagued with injuries throughout the season, and has missed a total of 29 of Leeds’ league games this season.
Despite reports claiming he could have featured against Chelsea, Bamford subsequently missed Leeds’ final home game of the season against Brighton and faces one last push for fitness to be available for their all-important relegation decider.
Mackey compared the three teams battling to avoid that dreaded 18th place in the league going into the climax of the season, comparing the injury records of Burnley, Everton and Leeds.
Whilst also citing James and Ayling’s absences due to suspension, he claimed that Bamford will be “touch-and-go” for Sunday’s clash with Brentford, but a lack of match sharpness could rule him out anyway.
A player that Jurgen Klopp dubbed “exceptional”, his absence has been felt heavily for Leeds; especially considering they haven’t had a proper striker to replace him other than young Joe Gelhardt.
Last season Bamford bagged 17 league goals to propel Leeds to an outstanding 9th place finish. However, in his absence Leeds have offered little going forward to make up for the second-worst defence in the league. Only rock-bottom already relegated Norwich have shipped more goals this season.
With only Raphinha as Leeds’ only major goal threat, if Bamford could push for fitness, or even a spot on the bench, it could allow the Brazilian some space to potentially save Leeds from their current troubles.
Leeds could do worse than rushing the forward back from injury purely to occupy space for those around him, and then go on to nurse any further injuries in the summer. A place in the Premier League is at stake, and they must win to stand a chance at survival.