By Kevin Phillips

6th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Phillips 'can't believe it' as another Leeds injury blow confirmed

Kevin Phillips has insisted Leeds United should have brought in a striker during the summer transfer window.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Whites need an understudy to Patrick Bamford.

In his pre-Leicester press conference yesterday (November 5th), Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Bamford remains sidelined with his ankle issue.

Bamford has been out of action since September after picking up the complaint following Leeds United’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Bielsa said he could not give an “exact prognosis” on the England international’s injury.

Luke Ayling and Robin Koch also remain sidelined, while Junior Firpo and Jamie Shackleton will be assessed in the run-up to Sunday’s clash at Elland Road.

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Phillips suggested Bamford’s injury could have come as a result of Leeds United becoming “heavily reliant” on the striker.

“I’ve said all along, I can’t believe they didn’t go out in the summer and get a recognised, out-and-out striker to give cover,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“The injury to Bamford is probably the culmination of him playing so much football and also Leeds United being so heavily reliant on him.

“I don’t really criticise Bielsa, but they should have brought someone in who is capable of replacing Bamford and giving him that chance to recover now and then.

“It’s backfired on them and now they can’t fill the gap left by him.”

Dan James, Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson joined the Whites in the summer window.

Leeds United sit just three points ahead of the Premier League drop zone after 10 games.

In other news, pundit tell Bielsa to axe “rotten” Leeds United star and replace him with “frightening” teenager.