May 19, 2024

Daniel Farke hints £7m Leeds player could start for the first time this season vs Rotherham

Daniel Farke says he would have ‘no problem’ handing Patrick Bamford his first start of the season for Leeds United on Friday.

Leeds make the short trip across Yorkshire to face struggling Rotherham United in the first game back after the third international break of the campaign.

 

Though Farke has welcomed five players back to full training in the last 11 days, he did also reveal that Georginio Rutter is a ‘major doubt’ due to an abdominal strain picked up on international duty.

 

Rutter was named in France’s U21s squad for the first time since joining Leeds but played just over half an hour across the two matches, presumably due to this injury.

 

Bamford is the most likely replacement for Rutter if he is to miss the match, with Farke claiming in his pre-match press conference he would be happy to start him.

 

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For the first time at Leeds since his £7m move from Middlesbrough, Bamford is having to play second fiddle in attack. Farke, though, says Friday could be a big opportunity for him.

 

He said: “Yes in general when a player is not available it’s a chance for other players to shine. We will see what happens with Georgi if he’s available or not, it will be a late decision.

 

“I don’t speak much about the starting line-up as people from Rotherham will listen to my press conference. I trust all my players and I spoke also about my appreciation for Patrick and his value for us as a goal scorer and his experience.

 

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“He has proved at this level how important he can be and it’s good to have him back. He trained the last two weeks at a really good level and I would have no problems starting him.”

 

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Bamford has been reduced to solely substitute appearances since returning from injury back in September, with the form of Rutter and Joel Piroe keeping him out of the side.

 

Leeds will be praying that Rutter is fit given what he offers the team in attack, but if not Bamford has the opportunity to show he can still make an impact.

 

It will be interesting to see how the dynamic of the attack changes if Bamford does start, as Rutter is ultimately the man who it is built around.

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