By Darren Bent

15th Dec, 2020 | 3:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign forward on loan amid Bamford fears

Darren Bent has tipped Leeds United to sign an attacking player on loan when the January transfer window opens amid fears Patrick Bamford could break down.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Whites could do with adding another winger, as well as possibly a backup striker for Bamford, to their squad.

The Whites splashed the cash to buy Raphinha and Helder Costa over the summer window, while Jack Harrison returned for a third-successive loan spell to join Ian Poveda, Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski as options out wide.

Transfer chief Orta, who is in charge of the club’s recruitment, also managed to strike a deal with Valencia for Rodrigo, although the striker has been used primarily as an attacking midfielder.

Bent believes a winger should be Leeds’ priority but suggested a backup option for Bamford, potentially on loan, was not out of the question.

Asked where he thought Leeds needed to strengthen, Bent told Football Insider: I think potentially, maybe, in the wide areas. I quite like their central midfield, I think okay – Klich’s been playing well, Kalvin Phillips, I think they’re okay in there.

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“I think maybe a wide man, maybe a wide right-type player. I think Helder Costa has played well when he’s played wide left or wide right but I think consistency, again, has been a problem.”

Asked if he thought a centre-forward was needed, Bent said: Rodrigo has done alright. He’s kind of flitted in and out but we’ve seen strikers go in there, and I know Bamford’s been very, very durable, but if something was to happen to him you’d fear for Leeds.

“You know what Bielsa’s like, he likes working with a small squad, he doesn’t like having a really, really big squad so I think Rodrigo’s the backup for him or maybe if they could get someone in on loan, that might be the best policy.”

Bamford has started every single one of Leeds’ Premier League games this season, failing to see out the full 90 minutes just twice, with eight goals under his belt.

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