Leeds United favourite drops 'disruptive' Patrick Bamford claim after early team news - 'oh no'
Patrick Bamford could prove a “disruptive” influence if he were to return to the Leeds United starting lineup this season, according to Danny Mills.
The former Whites defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old could “break down at any moment” after his injury-hit campagin.
As quoted by Leeds Live on Friday (6 May), manager Jesse Marsch revealed Bamford could return to action before the end of the season.
The American claimed he will come back to full training next week after watching him “moving really well” during on-pitch exercise.
Bamford has scored two goals in just 670 minutes of football this season.
The England international’s latest problem is a ruptured plantar fascia, which has sidelined him since mid-March.
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Mills urged Marsch to exercise caution if Bamford is to return to the fold.
“It would be a real risk to have him as the main man up front going forward,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“He could break down at any moment, so to have him playing minutes if he’s not 100% – it’s a risk.
“If you have to then take him off, it’s disruptive. You’ve laid all your plans around him playing and having an impact.
“If you then have to take him off, it’s a bit like ‘oh no’ – because you have to change your set-up and your tactics completely if you’re Jesse Marsch.”
Leeds United sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.
Bamford, who is contracted until June 2026, scored 17 league goals last season to help the Whites to a ninth-place finish.