Leeds needed goals from Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison to beat Swansea City this week. It was an impressive win, but it was a somewhat frustrating night for the Whites’ two forwards.
Patrick Bamford started up front with Kemar Roofe sitting deeper in the 10 role. Both had chances to score, but neither could find the back of the net.
Roofe was criticised by some for his performance. But the effort he put in was exactly what we needed from the forward. And Bamford looks to be itching to get the chance to tear a team apart – as he did to us last season.
But unfortunately, the pair seem to still be working on their understanding. There seemed to be one or two occasions when they got in each other’s way.
So perhaps the unfortunate news regarding Roofe may be exactly what Bamford needs. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that our top goalscorer is set to undergo a scan on his knee on Monday.
It is a huge blow at the worst time for Leeds. Roofe has been short of his best in front of goal lately, but losing him is the last thing we needed.
However, for Bamford, it may have some benefits. He can now enjoy a prolonged run as first-choice striker and will not need to worry about second-guessing what runs Roofe may make or what positions he may take up.
If Roofe is injured for any lengthy period, Leeds need Bamford to step up. But the striker looks to be the kind of player that needs to be centre-stage to realise his full potential.
In unfortunate circumstances, that may now be exactly what he has.