Medical expert: Patrick Bamford may be handed 'special role' after Leeds United latest
Patrick Bamford may be set to perform a “special role” off the bench for Leeds United in their final two games this season.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Bamford, who was Leeds top scorer last term with 17 goals, has been absent for the majority of this season and is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
As quoted by Leeds Live on Tuesday (10 May), Jesse Marsch revealed that the 28-year-old could return to full team training this week.
The Whites, who are inside the bottom three on goal difference, face Brighton and Brentford in their final matches this term.
And Dinnery claims that Bamford’s goalscoring instincts could be invaluable in those fixtures, even if he is not fit enough to start.
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“With a fully fit Patrick Bamford, Leeds would be nowhere near where they are currently,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“They don’t really have a natural goalscorer at the moment. They have tried a few up there but no one has got anywhere near his goal return.
“It depends on results elsewhere. I certainly think there is a special role from the bench to be had for Bamford.
“He isn’t going to be where they want him in terms of fitness and sharpness but he knows how to score. He will make opportunities for himself and he is huge for that Leeds team.”
Bamford has contributed two goals and three assists in 10 appearances this term.
He was absent as Leeds lost 3-0 at Chelsea on Wednesday (11 May).