Danny Mills has praised Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford for doing a “fabulous job” this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road defender suggested that the Whites will be looking to bring in striking reinforcements ahead of their potential return to the Premier League next season, but argued that the 26-year-old will still have a role to play in the top flight.
Bamford has just one Premier League goal to his name in 27 career appearances, scoring for Middlesbrough against Southampton in 2017.
But Mills has claimed that the forwards impressive work ethic can be a useful asset for Marcelo Bielsa next season.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Realistically, I think Leeds will be looking to reinforce in that position.
“Patrick Bamford divides opinion. He’s done very well for Leeds this season. He works incredibly hard. At the start of the season I wasn’t sure if he was going to be up for the fight, but all credit to him, he’s done a fabulous job.
“He’s had his critics, he’s missed some chances, but he works tirelessly for the team and he fits into the way that Bielsa wants to play. That’s vitally important at times. You have to be a team player. We can’t all be Michael Jordan – there has to be players who do the hard yards, and he is one of those.
“He’s going to get his fair share of goals, but is he going to get enough in the Premier League? Probably not, but I think he will kept around as a squad player. He’s got fight, he’s got spirit, and he undoubtedly has quality.”
Bamford has hit 13 goals in 38 appearances for the Whites across all competitions so far this season.
His form has lulled slightly in 2020, however, with just three of those strikes coming after Boxing Day.
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