It’s a good thing that I don’t have to make this decision, because I’m not quite sure how I would handle it.
And when an ex-professional player is having the same problems when it comes to making his mind up as me, then it does give me some comfort in knowing it’s not just me that’s wondering what the best solution is.
Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills believes that there is set to be a bit of a conundrum for Marcelo Bielsa when it comes to who is going to get into the team:
“He [Bamford] missed some chances, which is what he does, and then he scores two. It’s very, very difficult with Patrick Bamford. You see there’s so much potential there. He comes off, he’s scored two goals, he’s worked incredibly hard, and then you go ‘but he could have scored four’. But he keeps getting himself in good positions, he’s working hard for the team. I think it will be a bit of a dilemma when Augustin is fit and ready to go for that reason. It’s a tough one.”
This is the problem that I envisioned right at the start of the window when we were being linked with forwards, that it was going to cause a lot of headaches when it came to selection and why they needed to bring in an established backup rather than ‘competition’. And with even Phil Hay struggling to see any way that he can force his way into the club, it’s going to be fascinating to see how Bielsa manages to get the best out of both him and Patrick Bamford going forward, with Leeds currently boasting one of the worst conversion rates in the division.
As I pointed out yesterday, there’s a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the Frenchman to be the final piece of the puzzle in our promotion challenge, but he may find his chances limited if Bamford keeps him out the side.
Can Augustin disrupt Bamford's stay as our leading striker?
Let’s just hope that he manages to show us his worth, because with a potential club-record transfer fee hanging around the club’s neck if we get promoted, he needs to be able to be given the opportunity to show us that he’s worth the possible fee.