Jesse Marsch has told his post-match press conference – as per Leeds Live – that he has been trying to make Leeds United star Patrick Bamford happy again, saying the England international has been “suffering” of late at Elland Road.
Bamford, 29, has endured a woeful spell over the last 18 months with injury. But he has returned after more surgery, this time in Munich. He scored in his first game back in the 2-1 loss to Villa, and then a brace on Wednesday night.
Hopefully, for Leeds and Bamford, it is the start of a run of goals and the injury nightmare Bamford has been through is over. It is unlikely, though, that Bamford displaces Rodrigo – who got his 12th goal of the season in the 5-2 victory.
It was a superb display from Leeds despite the last few minutes in which Luke Ayling made a mistake – allowing Callum Robinson to score. A handball from Marc Roca was harsh, allowing Robinson to score a penalty. But a good night.
Only our sixth win all season, in 22 games. But after a strong display against Villa and now a win over Cardiff, in these circumstances, will hopefully breed momentum going into Brentford on Sunday. Marsch spoke about Bamford.
“We were hopeful this surgery was going to solve some issues for Patrick. When he was out it took longer to recover than everyone had planned. He was suffering because of that. He was stressed he was not perfect, starting or scoring.
“I tried to clear his head and get him back to loving the game again. Seen that across the past two weeks. He has a smile on his face a lot,” Marsch told his post-match press conference on Wednesday night, following the 5-2 win.
Marsch trying to make Leeds star Bamford happy again, ‘smiling a lot’
The issue Bamford now has, is how he is going to get back into the team. Such competition, now directly from top scorer Rodrigo and record signing Georginio Rutter, is likely to see Joe Gelhardt leave on loan. Talks have been had.
But if £10m Bamford can continue to shine off the bench, then Marsch does not need him to start. He has a player he can rely upon to come off the bench and have an impact – like he did on Friday night, and again, on Wednesday night.