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Morning Leeds-in for 12 December: Patrick Bamford stars as the U23s unleash on Burnley

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Marcelo Bielsa wants to take Patrick Bamford’s recovery slowly, but the striker might have other ideas on when he can play in the first team.

Bamford scored a hat trick in the Leeds U23s destruction of Burnley, with Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown, Jack Clarke, and Jack Harrison all looking impressive. Does this mean that Bamford is ready for the weekend’s match against Bolton Wanderers? Bielsa might want Bamford to take it slow, but if he keeps tearing up the U23s, Bamford might force Bielsa’s hand.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Three things we learned from Leeds’ victory over Queens Park Rangers. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Barcelona and advances to the last 16 of the Champions League. [Cartilage Free Captain]

Manchester City have signed United States National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen from the Columbus Crew SC. [BBC.com]

Bradford City lost to Peterborough United on penalties after the two teams finished their FA Cup match tied 4-4 after extra time. [BBC.com]

World Football Links

Tactical review of AC Milan’s 0-0 draw with Torino. [AC Milan Offside]

Inter Milan crashed out the Champions League and will play in the Europa League. [Serpents of Madoninna]

Napoli lost at Liverpool and will also play in the Europa League instead of advancing in the Champions League. [Football-Italia.net]

AS Roma are reportedly interested in signing Sander Berge from Genk. [Chiesa di Totti]

Atlanta United traded key player Greg Garza to MLS newbies FC Cincinnati. [Dirty South Soccer]