By Paddy Kenny

22nd Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit raises 'fears' over Leeds transfer blunder after Bamford update

Paddy Kenny has admitted he “fears” for Leeds United should Patrick Bamford be sidelined for any length of time.

The former Leeds keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a lack of “quality” backup could “cost them”.

As quoted by journalist Beren Cross (21st September), Marcelo Bielsa refused to commit to whether Bamford would recover from his ankle injury for the clash against West Ham.

Tyler Roberts replaced the recently-capped England international in Tuesday’s League Cup win over Fulham.

Under-23 pair Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood started on the bench, with the former coming on to make his debut.

Rodrigo has also filled in up front, although he has been used primarily as an attacking midfielder by Bielsa.

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Kenny admitted he thought Leeds would sign another striker over the summer.

He suggested a failure to recruit another hitman could come back to bite the Whites.

“I thought they might have gone for another striker in the summer,” Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Bamford’s a key player for Leeds and plays a massive role for them up front. He scored a lot of goals last season, 17, and obviously, his form’s got him into the England setup.

“I just fear that if he does go out injured, they haven’t got a player of his quality to go into that team. It could cost them along the way.

“It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. Hopefully, they don’t miss him, he doesn’t drop any form and he keeps scoring goals. But you should always have some backup there.”

Bamford has scored once and contributed two assists in five appearances so far this season.

In other news, Leeds United told to launch winger raid after talks held.