Is it finally time for Leeds to admit the end of an era for Patrick Bamford?
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Is it finally time for Leeds to admit the end of an era for Patrick Bamford?

Leeds United secured their fourth Premier League win of the season and the second in two games with a comeback victory over Bournemouth. They did it all, without Patrick Bamford – is it the end of the Bamford era at Leeds?

The 29-year-old has got another knock as injury continues to hamper the ex-Chelsea star’s game time. The Bamford we watched have a hand in 25 goals during 20-21, scoring 17 goals and laying on eight assists, is a distant memory.

Bamford is yet to score this season. We all remember his disallowed goal and missed penalty against Arsenal. Many will argue that the England international needs game time, he just needs a bit of momentum. But how long do we wait?

Should Jesse Marsch continue to place his faith in Bamford – or, is time to admit that Leeds have moved on. Bamford was never the out-and-out goalscorer that Leeds fans had hoped he would be. But is the Bamford era at an end?

It has now been the best part of 18 months since Leeds fans last got to see Bamford in full flight. The entirety of the 2021-22 season was marred by injury and this time around, niggling issues have continued to hamper the striker.

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Is it the end of the Bamford era at Leeds?

Just three Premier League starts have come his way this season – out of a possible 13. Even if he is fit, it is going to take him four or five starts in a row to get back to his best and ultimately, Leeds cannot afford that. He cannot manage it.

Marcelo Bielsa took a Championship side, full of mid-table standard players to ninth in the Premier League. There are not many managers like Bielsa, not many that could do what he did. Bamford is one of those, among many others.

Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Jack Harrison and more. Jesse Marsch cannot begin to even try to replicate getting the best out of Bamford while he is on the sidelines. Instead, Leeds are winning without £74k-a-week Bamford.

Rodrigo is on fire. Three goals in three, seven Premier League goals in 12 outings. He is easily our first-choice striker. The need for another striker is high ahead of January. So, is it the end of the era in which Bamford is our best up top?

Is it finally time for Leeds, Marsch, Victor Orta and the board to realise that Bamford is never going to replicate what he did in 20-21. With Leeds having so much young talent, and Rodrigo thriving, it is time to move on from Bamford.

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