By Danny Mills

18th Feb, 2020 | 8:00pm

Danny Mills Exclusive: It's time for Bielsa to give up on 'Exceptional' Leeds player

Danny Mills has lauded Patrick Bamford for the “superb” role he plays at Leeds United but concludes the striker must score to stay in the team. 

The former Elland Road defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed a striker’s job is to “put the ball in the back of the net” but the 26-year-old “misses more than anybody else.”

Bamford has come under the spotlight for his barren run in front of goal, scoring in only one of his last 10 games for The Whites.

This spell has coincided with Marcelo Bielsa’s side only collecting 4 points from possible twelve.

Mills empathises with Bielsa’s reluctance to drop the former Middlesborough forward because of the “superb” work he does for the team on the whole.

“Bamford plays an exceptional role for the team,” the ex-England international told Football Insider. “His work rate and everything else is superb.

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“But there has to be a point where a centre-forward’s job is putting the ball in the back of the net. He is missing more than anybody else.

“There will become a point. It must be hard for Bielsa because everything is going right and Bamford if doing everything asked of him but it is not going in the back of the net.

“If he plays Jean Kevin-Augustin and he is not doing what Bamford does, it may affect the dynamic of the team.

“I understand the fans’ frustrations. But Bielsa is thinking that we are playing so well (so why change).” 

The former England under-21 international has scored 12 goals for Leeds this campaign, bagging a brace in last month’s 3-2 victory over Milwall.

The Whites returned to winning ways last weekend beating promotion rivals Bristol City by a goal to nil at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan told Football Insider why he thinks Bielsa signed Ian Poveda.