Leeds striker Patrick Bamford is set to make his full debut for the club tonight after joining from Middlesbrough three weeks ago. The striker joined for a fee of £7 million, rising to £10 million and will start in the League Cup at Elland Road against Bolton Wanderers.
Marcelo Bielsa resisted the temptation to throw Bamford in from the start after he signed, just three days training meant the player wasn’t up to speed tactically and has had to wait for his first start. Kemar Roofe, the striker who played throughout pre-season has started the campaign with two goals and two man of the match awards, a player who seems full of confidence and has given both Stoke and Derby’s defences the run-around.
Bamford became Leeds United’s most expensive signing since Robbie Fowler when he arrived from Boro and expectation is high. The fact that Kemar Roofe has started so well takes the pressure off Bamford but the striker is probably wondering when he’ll get his shot in the league with Roofe performing at his current level. Both are very different strikers, Roofe has shown how hard he can work in that role, something Bamford will have to adjust to.
A striker was always the priority this summer with the club failing to successfully replace Chris Wood. Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Caleb Ekuban both arrived, along with Dutch youngster Jay-Roy Grot and the less said about the three in terms of their value for money the better. Kemar Roofe has stepped up and young forward Ryan Edmondson is now part of the plans, he should also feature at some stage tonight after an impressive pre-season under Bielsa.