McLeish shares 'impossible' Bamford claim amid 'burnout' fears at Leeds
Alex McLeish has admitted he fears Patrick Bamford could “burn out” at Leeds United in the near future.
The former Rangers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it would be “impossible” for the 27-year-old to start play single game every year without suffering ill-effects.
Bamford has started all 28 of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures this season and has been subbed off just six times.
He limped off early on in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea but Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed the English striker is in contention against Fulham.
McLeish admitted while Bamford is a crucial member of the way Leeds play, he cannot feature every single week.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He is very, very important to the team but he can’t play every game of the whole season. That would just be impossible and I would think a real step towards burnout.
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“You don’t want this guy to burn out. You don’t want him to be retiring at a very early age because he played 1000s of games when he was younger.
“What is Patrick now? 27? He’s getting to his peak, he should have his core strength. He should be able to play a lot of games during the season, but not all of them.
“Leeds coped really well last week against Chelsea and I thought they played a great game.”
Bamford has netted 13 goals and contributed six assists in his 28 Premier League appearances this season.
However, he has scored just once in his last six runouts for Leeds.