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Jesse Marsch simply must give starts to impressive Leeds United ace following cruel injury blow: Opinion

by Vibecity

Patrick Bamford’s latest injury setback should be the chance for Joe Gelhartd to stake a claim for a regular starting place in the Leeds United lineup.

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Not much has gone right for Leeds this season, as they find themselves still in the midst of a relegation battle, and injury dilemmas have been a never-ending headache.

The spine of Marcelo Bielsa’s, and now Jesse Marsch’s squad has been absent for well over half of the season so far.

One of the players who has been missing for most of the season has been Patrick Bamford, a frustrating absence given his stunning 2020/21 campaign in front of goal.

He’s managed nine appearances this season, with two goals and two assists to his name, which is still an okay return given his huge problems.

Who should start while Bamford is injured?

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Joe Gelhardt

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His latest setback was an aggravation of plantar fasciitis that has plagued the bottom of his foot for 12 months, the club confirmed.

Six weeks is the timescale of his absence now, and that gives Marsch more selection headaches to worry about as we look ahead to Southampton on Saturday.

One striker position is firmly locked down by a resurgent Rodrigo, but there’s a second place there for the taking and we think that Joe Gelhardt ought to be his partner from the beginning – as do plenty of Leeds fans we asked on Twitter:

Bamford out for 6 weeks🙃So, who should start up front with Rodrigo against Southampton? #LUFC
— Leeds All Over (@LeedsAllOver) March 27, 2022

Gelhardt has managed two goals this season, and three ‘de facto’ assists where he’s won two penalties and set up Dan James’ goal against Burnley.

We know that Joffy’s impact is better served off the bench, but he’s more than proved he is ready for a sustained period in the starting lineup, especially considering we have literally no other natural strikers.

James gets a lot of stick for his poor conversion in the final third, but he’s someone who offers an awful lot when playing up front, and you can see why both Bielsa and Marsch have wanted to play him there in the absence of Bamford.

That being said, Gelhardt’s time has come to have a run of starts in the side, and with an experienced and gifted striker next to him, we could be in for some electric performances from the teenager.

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