By Frank McAvennie

22nd Mar, 2021 | 4:00pm

McAvennie shares Bamford injury fear after new Leeds scare

Frank McAvennie has claimed Leeds United must enter the transfer market for a striker this summer after Patrick Bamford suffered another injury scare.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham and Celtic striker claimed the Whites need “a backup number nine” to cover for the 27-year-old when he is sidelined.

Bamford was withdrawn after 77 minutes of Leeds United’s win over Fulham on Friday night due to injury.

But not before the centre-forward, who has started all of Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s Premier League fixtures this season, contributed a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory.

His 29 appearances this term have yielded 14 goals and seven assists, but his form wasn’t enough to earn him a call up to the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

McAvennie believes Leeds have a similar dilemma to West Ham in regards to strikers.

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“There was a few who were disappointed with Bamford recently, especially against West Ham,” he told Football Insider.

“There were two occasions where he should have squared it. It was a strange one.

“I hope it is not a bad injury for the boy.

“I’m not sure about the depth of Leeds’ squad. It has highlighted that they have go out and buy somebody in the summer.

“Look at Michail Antonio at West Ham, it’s the same. David Moyes only has him so they’re short and they need to sign someone in the summer. You need to have a backup number nine.” 

In other news, Leeds United are willing to listen to offers for a big-money 2020 signing as their transfer plan is revealed.