Marcelo Bielsa said today that Kemar Roofe is fit and back in the first team for Saturday’s match against Birmingham City.
Roofe might start on the bench, as he’s still recovering from an injury and without a U23 match to build fitness, he might need some time to get back to full fitness, but once he’s set, should he get the start up top with Tyler Roberts playing behind him?
No Under-23s game for Leeds this week so Roofe is straight back into the first-team squad:https://t.co/clKv3lPvzd— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 4, 2019
Bielsa backed Bamford to come back strong after a rather poor match against Millwall that included a penalty miss, but is he necessarily a shoe-in to start the rest of the way instead of Roofe and Roberts? Bamford has a height advantage, but Roofe is better at finishing and in the box. Bielsa has played Roofe and Bamford together before, so it will be interesting to see just how the boss deals with more than one striker fit at a time.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Marcelo Bielsa explained that Izzy Brown has been absent from the first team’s bench because of injury. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English Football Links
Theo Walcott faces an uncertain future at Everton. [Royal Blue Mersey]
Premier League clubs spent an eye-watering £260 million on agents in the 2018-19 season. [BBC.com]
World Football Links
Pumas UNAM suffered an embarrassing loss to 2nd division FC Juarez in the semifinals of the Copa MX. [FMF State of Mind]
Tigres beat fellow Liga MX side Santos Laguna 3-0 in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinal. [FMF State of Mind]
Tactical Review of AC Milan’s 1-0 loss to Sampdoria. [AC Milan Offside]
Tactical Review of Milan’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Udinese. [AC Milan Offside]
Mario Mandzukic has signed a contract extension at Juventus. [Black & White & Read All Over]
Atalanta threw down the gauntlet with a 5-1 win over Bologna that takes them one point behind Milan for the final Champions League spot. [Football-Italia.net]