Danny Mills has been left raving over the character shown by Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford after seeing him break his goalscoring duck with a penalty against Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that it was a bold call from the 26-year-old to step up from 12 yards, having gone the previous 10 Championship fixtures without finding the back of the net.
Bamford not only scored the opening goal but set up Jack Harrison for the Whites’ second, sealing a 2-0 win and keeping the club sitting third in the Championship over the international break.
Mills says that it showed great courage from the former Middlesbrough man to take the responsibility of the spot-kick, with Mateusz Klich seemingly the first-choice penalty taker under Marcelo Bielsa.
Mills told Football Insider: “You have to say, from the penalty spot as well, that’s a brave decision when you’re on a bit of a drought.
“That’s a pressure penalty when you’re at that stage of the game. It’s a big call to take that penalty so fair play to him, all credit. Stepped up very, very calmly and slotted it into the back of the net.
“It takes a lot of courage to do that, shows he’s confident that the manager’s got faith in him. He’s quite happy for him to take the penalty. It’s good all-round – shows that there is still belief, there is still faith, he’s working hard and got his reward for that.”
Bamford now has five goals from his 16 appearances this season, having started every single one of the club’s league fixtures so far.
Marcelo Bielsa will not have Bamford’s understudy Eddie Nketiah to call upon immediately after the international break, the Arsenal loanee still ruled out through injury.
In other Leeds United news, Alan Hutton claims that the club are chasing a deal for a player who “ticks all the boxes” for Bielsa.