By Alan Hutton

6th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Leeds tipped to sign new striker in January after Bamford injury update - pundit

Alan Hutton has insisted Leeds United still need to sign a new striker despite beating Watford without Patrick Bamford.

The former Tottenham defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites should look at recruiting a centre-forward in either January or next summer.

Bamford, suffering from an ankle injury, missed his third consecutive game as the Whites won 1-0 against the Hornets.

The latest is that he is yet to return to training and it could be mid to late October before he is able to do so.

Rodrigo was chosen to lead the line in his absence, ahead of Tyler Roberts.

However, it was defender Diego Llorente who scored the only goal of the game to hand Leeds their first league win of the season.

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Hutton admitted Leeds have plenty of attacking options to support Bamford.

However, he suggested they still need a natural centre-forward to cover and compete for the striker’s role.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They were always the questions that were kind of there in the background. If Bamford isn’t fit, who’s going to come in and lead the line?

“When you’ve got like of Dan James, Raphinha, Rodrigo, even Dallas can get up there, they’ve got options. Of course, it still needs addressing.

“If your main man isn’t playing you need someone to come in or someone to play with him to be available.

“I think they’ll be over the moon to get that win on the board. They have played well in games, we know the style, the way they like to play. It’s great to watch, I love watching them.

“It’s good to see them that back with that kind of winning mentality. I think it’s something they have to address, whether it be January or the summer, to bring in somebody else to complement Bamford.”

Raphinha is Leeds’ top scorer this season with three goals.

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