Alex McLeish has tipped Leeds United to sign a budding superstar at Mohammed Salah’s level this summer to take some pressure off Patrick Bamford.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Marcelo Bielsa needed to sign a goal-scoring wide-man, rather than another natural centre-forward, to help out up front.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win over Fulham, Bamford admitted he was “struggling” for fitness after a short layoff.
The 27-year-old hobbled off with a knock after 35 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea less than a week before the visit to Craven Cottage.
However, the hitman was named among the starting XI against the Cottagers.
He went on to score and contribute an assist before being subbed off after 76 minutes.
McLeish admitted he was surprised Bamford had been given the nod to start after his injury blow.
As such, he suggested Leeds could sign an attacker in the mould of Salah, rather than an out-and-out centre-forward, to lift the load this summer.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “We were surprised. We spoke about Bamford leaving the field (v Chelsea) and thought that’s him out for a few weeks, definitely. That’s a big, massive blow to Leeds and then he’s on the pitch (v Fulham).
“Bamford has been a key focal point of that team. It’s no secret in football when you lose players, you are going to suffer. You’ve seen that happen to Jurgen Klopp, with the players he’s lost.
“You’re thinking if Leeds lose Bamford, what’s Bielsa going to do? He’s going to have to produce another miracle. They need top players. Having two top strikers in the dressing room and only one place every week, that’s not going to work.
“You’d have to kind of improvise. The way that teams play nowadays, it’s the three up top. One striker and two guys coming in and helping.
“He can find an even better one of those, like a Mo Salah at Liverpool. That’s the level Bielsa will want to get to.”