By Alex McLeish

24th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Leeds tipped to play midfielder as emergency striker v West Ham after confirmed news - ex-manager

Alex McLeish has suggested Marcelo Bielsa may have to “improvise” with Patrick Bamford ruled out for Leeds United against West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager suggested an attacking midfielder could fill the void up front as an emergency spearhead.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference (23rd September), Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Bamford, as well as Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, would miss out at Elland Road on Saturday.

Bamford sat out the League Cup win over Fulham with an ankle injury.

Tyler Roberts led the line in his absence.

Under-23s star Joe Gelhardt came on to make his debut, while fellow young striker Sam Greenwood was on the bench.

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McLeish admitted Bielsa does not have a direct replacement for Bamford.

As such, he suggested the Argentine could copy David Moyes after the Hammers boss played winger Jarrod Bowen as a striker.

Discussing a lack of replacements for Bamford, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They don’t. The bottom line is Leeds just don’t [have a replacement].

“Bielsa’s perhaps looking for a chink of improvisation. Possibly play someone else in that position as David Moyes has done successfully with Bowen.

“He’s played as a centre-forward for West Ham. It could be one of those inspired moments from the point of view that we don’t have anything else.

“They seriously may have to look at playing one of their technical players through the middle.”

Bamford has scored once in Leeds’ opening five Premier League games of the season.

He also chipped in with assists in the draws against Everton and Newcastle United.

In other news, Leeds United told to launch winger raid after talks held.