Former Leeds United star David Prutton is of the view that Whites star Patrick Bamford is showcasing freshness and a need to prove himself after not being overly relied upon in the first half of the season.


Bamford suffered an injury in pre-season, which kept him out of action until the latter part of September and since returning from injury, the centre-forward has been a bit part player for Leeds.


On New Year’s Day, Daniel Farke handed Bamford his first league start of the season against Birmingham City and the Leeds star scored a goal in a 3-0 win over the Blues.




Prutton stated that if Farke can bring out Bamford’s real qualities, then the good days are near for the Yorkshire outfit.


And the ex-Whites star pointed out that Bamford looks like a fresh player with a desire to prove himself after not being overly used in the first half of the season.



“The January transfer window is now open and from a signings point of view, Daniel changed the team up against Birmingham with Patrick Bamford coming in and playing upfront as Joel Piroe dropped out of the side”, Prutton wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.


“If you get Patrick back in the Patrick form that took Leeds up then happy days.



“There is a sense there of a player with something to prove and a freshness about him that comes with not having been over-relied on or overly used in that first half of the season.”


Leeds are set to face Peterborough United at the weekend and all eyes will be on Farke’s starting line-up to see whether Bamford will start the game.