Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has stated that Tyler Roberts is in with a chance of facing Hull City on Saturday – but Patrick Bamford will remain sidelined for the Whites’ next clash.
The Yorkshire outfit extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to three points on Boxing Day with an exhilarating 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Kemar Roofe proved to be Leeds’ hero once more, scoring twice in injury time to give the hosts a belated Christmas present and record a win after defeat looked likely.
It was the second game in a row that the Elland Road outfit netted a late winner, with Bielsa’s men showing determination and mental strength to edge tight encounters.
However, Leeds are becoming reliant on Roofe to score the required goals, with the Championship leaders lacking fit strikers currently.
Both Roberts and Bamford have had disjointed seasons in 2018-19 due to injury complaints – but Bielsa has confirmed the duo are on the road to recovery.
“I am not sure – Roberts will be back before Bamford,” the Argentine trainer said when asked about the pair, as reported by Leeds Live.
“Tyler Roberts might be with us in the next game and I think Patrick Bamford will be with us at the beginning of January.”
Roberts has all the ingredients to become a top striker for Leeds, but will have to contend with more-experienced team-mates if he is to get the time on the pitch he needs to develop.
Bamford was expected to be the Whites’ main attacking weapon in 2018-19 after his big-money summer move to Elland Road, but he has struggled to build momentum at his new club.
Realistically Leeds need one or both of the strikers to regain fitness to take pressure off Roofe – it would surely feel like a new signing if Bamford can stay available and start to contribute goals for the promotion hopefuls in the second half of the campaign.