By Danny Mills

28th Sep, 2020 | 1:33pm

Leeds Exclusive: Top pundit shares bold Patrick Bamford claim: 'Very close...'

Danny Mills claims “there is every chance” that Patrick Bamford could score 15 goals for Leeds United in the Premier League this season.

The former Whites and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 27-year-old “is on a roll” and is starting to belief in himself after recent performances.

Bamford scored for the third successive game as Marcelo Bielsa’s side beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane yesterday to make it two wins from two in the Premier League.

The English striker came under criticism for his form in front of goal last season despite scoring 16 goals in 45 appearances.

He only scored one goal in 27 Premier League appearances during previous spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesborough.

When asked by Football Insider if he was now confident that Bamford would hit double figures this season, Mills said: “He is doing alright so far. Could he score 15 goals this season? Why not? He only needs 12 more.

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“There is every chance that he could reach those numbers. From now on if he gets one in three he will get very close to that.

“Bamford is on a roll. Confidence is high and it is a great opportunity for him to prove some wrong.

“He is getting more and more belief that he can take his chances. It is not luck by any shape of the imagination. It is about being prepared to gamble and Bamford is starting to do that.”

Speaking after the win, Bamford said: “The goal came off my nose, but I will take it.

“To be honest, I was a bit disappointed I didn’t score the header which went over in the first half but it is important we got the three points and I was happy to score.”

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent suggests big name may be unhappy with role Bielsa has given him.