A fit-again Patrick Bamford could be more important than any new star

Fit-again Leeds striker Patrick Bamford could be more important than any January signing for Jesse Marsch after he starred in their FA Cup fourth-round win over Accrington Stanley

  • Patrick Bamford’s return to fitness could be better than any new Leeds signing 
  • The striker starred for Leeds in their 3-1 FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley 
  • Bamford assisted two of Leeds goals and lasted 77 minutes in the cup victory 

It is a difficult one to describe. Maybe a drag, maybe a scoop. A dragged scoop. Whatever Patrick Bamford’s assist for Luis Sinisterra is called, it was wonderful. 

The sort of ingenuity that Leeds United missed when the striker was absent through various injuries.

‘I like doing things like that,’ he said. ‘I think when you are on the pitch, try to express yourself a little bit.’ 

Patrick Bamford’s return to fitness could be more important than any new signing for Leeds 

Saturday was Bamford’s first start since October so it is little wonder Leeds have struggled during that period. 

Even with Weston McKennie set to arrive from Juventus before the transfer window shuts, Bamford’s reintroduction should prove more important to their survival ambitions this year.

Leeds, who have not won in the league since November 5, play Nottingham Forest next weekend and could do with some points before a double-header against Manchester United.

The striker notched two assists in Leeds 3-1 victory over Accrington Stanley on Saturday 

Bamford offers more guile up front and provided two assists in this win. He found combinations with £36million signing Georginio Rutter, whose impact grew. 

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch said: ‘Luis, Patrick and Georgi have never played together before but they were pretty good. They put a bit together that led to Jack Harrison having that wonderful strike.’

Leeds hope that Harrison’s goal, a stunning 25-yard drive, will not be his last for the club, after rejecting a £20m bid from Leicester City.

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