By Kevin Campbell

24th Nov, 2022 | 8:39am

Patrick Bamford has 'six months to save his Leeds United career' - expert

Kevin Campbell has suggested Patrick Bamford has just six months to save his Leeds United career with injuries becoming a “real problem” for the striker.

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Whites star, 29, must “prove his fitness” to remain at Elland Road.

Bamford has made just 11 Premier League starts over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 campaigns combined, with a return of just two goals.

That is a far cry from the England international’s output in the 2020-21 season – where he notched 17 goals and eight assists to fire Leeds United to a ninth-place finish.

Rodrigo has stepped up this term to fill the void left by Bamford, already scoring nine league goals in just 13 games.

Leeds United sit 15th in the Premier League after an upturn in form prior to the mid-season World Cup break.

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Campbell suggested the Whites will be wary of a new striker signing potentially “stunting the growth” of promising youngsters like Joe Gelhardt and Sonny Perkins.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “The real problem for him has always been availability.

“The best quality for someone like Bamford is availability. He’s had seasons where he’s fine, but all of a sudden – these injuries just won’t go away.

“Whether the previous injuries have never quite gone away, or he’s coming back too soon – I don’t know. But it’s frustrating.

“They’ve got some good youngsters coming through, so Leeds United will have to box clever. Joe Gelhardt, I like him – do you stunt his growth by bringing someone else in?

“Leeds are scoring goals right now. It’s in defence where the problems lie, for the moment anyway.

“Do they move on from Patrick Bamford? I think they should give him until the end of the season to let him prove his fitness, and make a decision then.”

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