Leeds United will be thankful for timing of international break - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

26th Mar, 2021 | 7:00am

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The two-week international break could not have come at a better time for Patrick Bamford and the rest of the Leeds United squad.

That is according to ex-Leeds forward and boyhood fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the striker revealed he was still carrying an injury in the 2-1 win over Fulham on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who scored and got an assist, later told Sky Sports: “I was just trying to get through as much of the game as I could because I was struggling.”

Bamford will have been disappointed to miss out on England selection, with the likes of Ollie Watkins chosen instead by manager Gareth Southgate.

But for Leeds, claims Whelan, the international break will provide a crucial period of rest and rehabilitation as they attempt to secure a top-half finish in the league.

“I’m not concerned about Bamford,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“You’ve got two weeks now where you can get these niggles and strains out of the players’ bodies in readiness for the Premier League run-in.

“I think it probably came at the right time for Bamford, this little break.

“I think the players need the time to recoup, get their bodies right and prepare for the last leg of the Premier League.”

Bamford has netted 14 times and provided seven assists in 29 Premier League matches this season.

Harry Kane is the only Englishman to have scored more and Bamford will be hoping to maintain his form ahead of the Euros in the summer.

In other news, a top pundit has tipped Leeds United to imminently make a decision on the transfer future of Helder Costa.