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‘Enough is enough’ – Leeds Utd told Bielsa favourite must go with worrying trend forcing Marsch’s hand

Leeds Utd trio Mateusz Klich, Patrick Bamford and Robin Koch

A Leeds Utd star who shone in the Marcelo Bielsa days is worrying one observer who’s called upon the Whites to make a ruthless call and swing the axe.

Leeds United began the season brightly before embarking on an eight-match winless streak. Jesse Marsch rallied his troops and secured back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Bournemouth before narrowly falling to Tottenham before the World Cup took centre stage.

During the late resurgence, many of Leeds’ younger talents stood up and were counted when the pressure was on.

Crysencio Summerville was arguably the league’s most in-form forward upon notching four in four before domestic football gave way.

Italy international Wilfried Gnonto also impressed as Marsch turned to youth when seeking a spark.

One player that pair are comfortably outperforming is centre-forward Patrick Bamford.

The 29-year-old was an integral part of everything Leeds did well under Marcelo Bielsa. Indeed, he proved many doubters wrong when scoring 17 goals in Leeds’ first season back in the big time.

However, he’s been limited to just 19 league outings in the 18 months since then. Only two goals have been scored in that time with injuries beginning to ravage his career.

Bamford was a notable absentee from the club’s warm-weather training camp in Spain during the World Cup. He missed out after undergoing surgery to repair a groin problem.

Now, speaking to Football Insider, former Hibernian striker, Tam McManus, has urged Leeds and Marsch to call time on Bamford’s career at Elland Road.

“If Bamford isn’t going to play then he shouldn’t be there”

McManus is “worried” about the regularity in which Bamford is picking up injuries. Now 29, that’s a trend he’ll do well to reverse.

“I look at Bamford and I’m worried, he is always injured now,” said McManus.

“You talk about players always being injured but this guy is literally always injured. He proved his doubters wrong when he first came up with Leeds but he has barely kicked a ball since.

“This is the second season where he has barely kicked a ball. At some point, someone has to say ‘enough is enough’.

“Bamford has done so much for Leeds but at some point, you have to look at the facts and if Leeds had a fully fit striker in that position then they would be scoring more goals.

“You have to cut your losses at some point and make a hard decision but if Bamford isn’t going to play then he shouldn’t be there.”

Bamford transfer a hard sell

Shifting Bamford will be no mean feat for Leeds given his contract status.

The striker’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2026 and he’s also among the club’s top earners, pocketing around £50,000-a-week.

Bamford is clearly settled in west Yorkshire too and co-invested in an box at Elland Road with Daniel James before the season began.

Unfortunately for the pair, James was subsequently bundled out to Fulham on loan and Bamford has spent more time in the box than on the pitch.

While it may make sense to finally move the Bielsa favourite on, doing so won’t be as easy as you might think.

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