Leeds United should consider themselves lucky that Patrick Bamford’s injury is not as severe as feared as Rodrigo is not the best alternative.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa revealed that Bamford is expected to feature in tomorrow’s clash with Fulham.
The 27-year-old limped off during the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Saturday, leaving Leeds fans worried about a potential lack of firepower.
Rodrigo – a 25-time Spain international and natural striker – was signed from Valencia for £26million in the summer.
But the club-record signing has been deployed primarily as an attacking midfield player in recent weeks.
Campbell claims that Rodrigo could stand in for Bamford if needed but that his international experience is no match for the rigours of the Premier League.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think Rodrigo could step in. I’m not too sure who else there is who can play as a striker.
“That was the big worry earlier on in the season, what happens if something happens to Bamford?
“Playing for Spain up there and playing in the Premier League for Leeds United are two very different things.”
Bamford has been in superb form this season, scoring 13 and assisting six in 28 Premier League matches.
He has started all of Leeds’ games since promotion to the top-flight and will be hoping to impress Gareth Southgate ahead of this summer’s European Championship.