By Danny Mills

13th Dec, 2021 | 12:23pm

January signing tipped to 'kick-start' Leeds season after shattering Bamford news - Mills

Leeds United could sign a replacement centre-forward on loan in January in response to Patrick Bamford’s latest injury blow.

So says ex-Elland Road star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old’s hamstring setback.

Leeds confirmed last Thursday (9 December) that Bamford had suffered the muscle injury.

That came just days after his goalscoring return from an ankle problem against Brentford.

Bamford is Leeds’ top assist maker and second-top goalscorer this campaign despite having only played seven matches.

And Mills suggests that the Whites could be forced into action in the January transfer window to replace his contribution.

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“They could quite possibly sign a replacement,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitely.

“They need something to give them a bit of a kick-start this season. It hasn’t happened so far.

“Bamford’s contribution is simple. Scoring goals is the hardest thing in football. To win games, that’s what you have to do.

“I’d be surprised if they don’t look at it. It’s something they need to address sooner rather than later. It’s vitally important that they get it right.

“Tyler Roberts has got a handful of goals in the last few seasons. If you’re relying on that person as a centre-forward, that’s not great.

“Rodrigo hasn’t exactly come through as a shining light either.

“Whether they can get someone in on loan who can hit the ground running, only Bielsa will know.

“If there are going to be issues around Bamford, they have to think about who’s next in terms of personnel.”

Bamford did not feature in Leeds’ late 3-2 defeat to Chelsea last Saturday (11 December).

No timeline has been placed on his injury, with Bielsa saying: “The evolution of the injury is subject to daily assessment.”

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