Just In:Leeds United confirm major boost, ahead of Southampton trip as key man now fit

Leeds United will be looking to continue their good recent run of form when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

The Whites picked up seven points from their three matches during the first week after the international break but a trip to Southampton will represent a step-up in quality, regardless of their recent form.

Southampton have lost their last four matches in the Championship and currently possess the worst defence in the division, but still have quality capable of hurting Leeds.

Daniel Farke confirmed in his pre-match press conference he has no fresh injury worries going into the game, and will also be boosted by the return of Patrick Bamford.

Bamford is set to be part of the squad for the first time in a competitive match under Farke after picking up a hamstring injury in the final pre-season friendly of the summer.


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Bamford return will be huge for Leeds

The 30-year-old has had a hard time over the last couple of years due to both form and fitness, but Leeds are now finally in a position where they can ease him back into action.


Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe is very much Farke’s current first-choice front two, meaning Bamford will be tasked with playing more of an impact role.


Not only will this allow him to gradually build up match sharpness, but he will also provide Leeds with a quality option from the bench, particularly at this level.

Bamford has never struggled scoring goals at this level, but it is his off the ball movement and hold-up play which should be a real asset as a substitute for Leeds.


There are not many better back-up strikers in the Championship than Bamford and so for Leeds to have him back, in a position where they don’t have to rush his return, will be huge.


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