Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Leeds United Star Could Be Set For A Huge Return Vs Birmingham City: Huge Boost For Bielsa

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Leeds United are currently in a gruelling battle with Sheffield United for the coveted second spot. The Whites took a major step in the promotion battle by coming back from behind twice to beat Millwall. Sheffield losing their fixture also helped as Bielsa’s men managed to gain a two-point advantage on the second spot of the Championship table.

The Whites have been hampered with injuries throughout their campaign, but one has to say that they are in a better position right now than the previous few months. However, they are still missing one of their key players, and that is Kemar Roofe. However, the good news is that the striker could resume training (Yorkshire Evening Post) for the trip to Birmingham City.

The star forward has been out since mid-February after the Englishman suffered a knee injury in the win against the Swans. At one point, it was even thought that the 26-year-old might need surgery. If that had happened, his season would have been as well as over. But it seems like now Roofe could be available for the upcoming clash against Birmingham. Even if he isn’t available by 7th, he should be in line to make an appearance in the next game week.

Roofe has managed 14 goals this season, and in the initial phase of the campaign, he was often the difference maker for his side in the final third. His form tapered off in the last few months but he continued to be an essential player in Bielsa’s setup.

The English forward even showed his versatility by playing in the attacking midfield role after Patrick Bamford became available. His energy and intelligent movement off the ball helped the Whites a lot throughout the season. Currently, the attacking midfield role is occupied by Tyler Roberts who has improved beyond comprehension.

Patrick Bamford has put in some indifferent performances up top and the manager would be glad to have someone like Roofe back available during the final lap of the season. Leeds United haven’t had a fully fit squad for what feels like ages now. However, it now seems they are slowly going to get almost all their players back for the crunch phase of the season where every game is going to be like a cup final.

With 7 games to go until the end of the season, the manager will need every player to step up at some point to deliver the promised land. Roofe who was the brightest stars in the initial month should have a fire in his belly to keep up United’s good work.

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