Whelan hails 'massive boost' for Leeds after confirmed Bamford news
Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United star Raphinha has “carried the load” in the injury absence of Patrick Bamford.
The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, branded the 24-year-old midfielder “massively vital”.
As quoted by The Athletic (October 29th), Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed there is “no precise return date” for England international Bamford.
Bamford appeared in every Premier League fixture for the Elland Road club last season, scoring 17 goals.
The 28-year-old forward has been sidelined since the end of September with an ankle injury.
Raphinha has upped his goalscoring output this term, already netting four from nine league starts.
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The new Brazil international registered his latest strike with the opener against Norwich at the weekend, helping Leeds United to a 2-1 win.
Whelan insisted Raphinha gives the Whites a “massive boost” when he is part of the side.
“He’s massively vital,” he told Football Insider.
“Having him in the side is a massive boost. It gives you more chance of winning games than losing.
“He carries a lot of responsibility and we’re seeing that even more with Bamford being out.
“But he’s really carried that load and taken up that mantle, he wants to win football matches for this club.
“Any time he gets the ball, you feel something positive is going to happen – he’s got an amazing footballing brain and he’s electric with the ball at his feet.
“There’s not many in the Premier League who can contain him.”
Leeds United hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with their win at Carrow Road.
The Yorkshire club have won just two league games this season.