Leeds United Marcelo Bielsa has stated that Patrick Bamford will have to bide his time to get more action on the pitch, with the summer signing likely to play more often as the fixtures ramp up.
The gifted striker signed for the Whites from Middlesbrough over the summer and was widely expected to be first-choice in leading the Yorkshire outfit’s forward line.
However, Kemar Roofe has been selected to start the first three Championship games this season and has scored in every match as Leeds have made a perfect start.
This has meant that Bamford has been limited to substitute cameos in the league.
Bielsa was asked after Leeds’ 2-0 win over Rotherham what role he expected the big-money striker to play moving forwards.
“Obviously when we have more games to play, we have more players who can play these games, that will have more time to play,” Leeds Live quote the Argentine as saying.
Roofe was seen nursing an ice pack after coming off in the victory and Bielsa as also asked whether the in-form striker was struggling with an injury.
“I haven’t received any information telling me we have a problem,” the Leeds boss continued.
“It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a problem. We’ll see.”
Leeds are back in action with a short turnaround, as the Yorkshire outfit travel to take on Swansea City in the Championship on Tuesday night.
It will be interesting to see if Bielsa makes any changes to his starting XI for the clash at the Liberty Stadium, with the manager picking the same side for all three league matches so far.