SALFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Daniel Farke the head coach / manager of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Peninsula Stadium on August 29, 2023 in Salford, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Patrick Bamford could play for Leeds United against Southampton this weekend, according to Daniel Farke.

The 30-year-old was a significant influence for the Whites under Marcelo Bielsa as they secured their return to the Premier League, scoring 17 goals in their first season back.


However, things have been difficult for both Bamford and Leeds since then, with injury issues limiting the striker’s ability to make an impact on the pitch.

Those problems impacted Bamford this summer, as he was forced off in the final pre-season game against Hearts with a hamstring issue, which has prevented him from playing in the Championship so far.

Daniel Farke provides positive Patrick Bamford
Naturally, the Whites are not going to take chances with Bamford, and he has been back training with the group as he looks to build up his fitness.

However, speaking to Leeds Live, Farke stated that the striker is now ready to be included in the squad and would be present when the club travels to Southampton this weekend.

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“Obviously, he’s out of sync because he hasn’t played a game since the second or last preseason game.” Obviously, I’m not there yet, but I’m one week ahead.

“I believe this week was extremely beneficial for him in team training.” On Saturday, he’ll also be a topic for the squad. It’s substantially better after two weeks of training. I believe he will accompany us.

“There is an old rule that normally a player who returns to training needs as much time on the training pitch as he was out to be ready with full confidence, full rhythm, and to be ready to play at the same time.” Patrick is an experienced player, and offensive guys often recover faster, so hopefully he won’t be out for eight weeks.

“Sometimes, an injured player plays with more enthusiasm because he’s highly motivated to be back on the pitch. I can see this in training, Patrick is in a good mood and he’s a really good player at this level. Last time he played at Championship level he got 20 goals and got this club promoted. It’s definitely good to have a player of his experience, quality and ability back in the mix.”

Do Leeds need Patrick Bamford?
There’s no doubt that Leeds have been reliant on Bamford in the past, and it’s been a major issue for the side when he has been out injured.

But, pleasingly for Farke, that’s no longer the case. The arrival of Joel Piroe means Leeds have that natural goalscorer as their number nine, and they are stacked for wide forwards who will create chances and chip in with goals.

So, while Bamford’s return would be a huge boost, the fact is that he will have to fight for a position in the starting XI, which is exactly how it should be for all clubs vying for promotion.

What comes next for Leeds?

Leeds are unbeaten in six Championship games after a difficult start, and it appears they are now kicking into gear.

They meet Southampton in the early game on Saturday, and with the Saints having lost four games in a row, Farke’s side will be optimistic of picking up another three points.


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