By Paddy Kenny

10th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Bamford injury setback 'not good news for Leeds' as expert reveals all - pundit

Rodrigo Moreno will see Patrick Bamford’s continued absence as a “big opportunity” to impress for Leeds United in a centre-forward berth.

So says ex-Whites shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the versatile 30-year-old Spanish forward.

As per the Yorkshire Evening Post on 5 October, Bamford is vying to return from an ankle issue to be fit for Leeds’ visit to Southampton on 16 October.

But his return is not guaranteed and the Whites could be forced to start with Rodrigo up front, as they have in their last two matches.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery told this site on 1 October that he had expected to see Bamford return by now and that his injury may have been aggravated in training.

Kenny insists that Rodrigo will be keen to impress as an out-and-out striker as long as Bamford, hailed as “phenomenal” by Football Insider pundit Alex McLeish, remains out of action.

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“Bamford being out is not good news for Leeds,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He’s back in October but they are definitely going to miss him. He has been so key for them for so long.

“It’s been hard to throw Rodrigo in there when he hasn’t had a lot of game-time in that position. He’s played more as a midfielder

He’s maybe had a difficult time not playing in the position he wants. But it’s his shirt at the moment and he’ll be buzzing about that.

“He needs to go out there and produce. Make sure you play well enough, keep scoring goals and keep that shirt.

“You want to make it difficult to put Bamford back in. It’s a big opportunity for him in that position.”

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