By Frank McAvennie

17th Dec, 2020 | 11:40am

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign Bamford cover after 'Unforeseen' development

Leeds United need to sign another striker in January to provide competition and cover for Patrick Bamford, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former West Ham and Celtic forward said the newly-promoted side need to make reinforcements in January as “clever managers” will nullify Marcelo Bielsa’s attack.

Bamford, 27, scored his ninth goal of the season last night as Leeds put five past Newcastle United in what was their biggest Premier League win since April 2003.

Club-record signing Rodrigo can be utilised as a central striker but he has predominantly been used as a number 10 by Marcelo Bielsa this season.

McAvennie suggested the Yorkshire club will look to sign an out-and-out number nine when the transfer window re-opens next month.

“You cannot have just one recognised striker,” he told Football Insider.

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“You need competition because what if Bamford goes off the boil or gets injured.

“They started the season off on fire but they have not been like that ever since.

“Premier League teams will get used to playing against Leeds and learn how to play against them and we saw that with West Ham who went there and got a win. A month ago you would not have foreseen that.

“Clever managers are getting the making of Bielsa and his team so I think they need to make signings.

“Bielsa is a great believer in character so they will be looking to sign a player who has that right temperament.

“They definitely need another striker because they are in the Premier League now, not the Championship.”   

In other news, Kevin Campbell is adamant Leeds United ‘would love to sign’ Arsenal player in January after big Sky reveal.