By Ben Dinnery

8th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Injury expert makes 'massive' Bamford claim after Leeds reveal

Marginal gains are “massive” for Patrick Bamford and the rest of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United squad.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

In an interview with The Times on 1 October, Bamford revealed that Bielsa told him his “ideal weight should be 83kg” when he first joined Leeds.

The centre-forward hired a chef and made dietary adjustments to cut down from the 84.5kg he weighed at the time.

Bamford is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and, as reported by Leeds Live on 4 October, is expected to return in around two weeks.

Dinnery insisted that the high-octane football Bielsa demands from his players mean the minutiae are vital for players like Bamford.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “We know how Marcelo Bielsa sets his team up and how he likes them to play.

“They cover the greatest distance and have the highest number of high-intensity sprints. That’s one of the biggest changes in football recently.

“There hasn’t been a huge change in distance covered over the last five or six seasons. But the number of high-intensity sprints has risen.

“When you’re playing as the focal point in a Bielsa team, the emphasis is on you to gain that extra yard, and every kilogram counts.

“The game is decided on small percentages at the highest level. Whatever you can glean from the data will give you that edge.

“If you can be that split second quicker, you have the opportunity to get a shot on goal. That’s massive for a striker in particular.”

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