Danny Mills has pointed the finger at Patrick Bamford for letting Leeds United down with his errant finishing.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United and England defender highlighted the centre-forward’s poor conversion rate as a key failing in Leeds dropping points once again at the weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have now lost three of their last four league matches, with Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Wigan Athletic following January reversals against QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds failed to score in each of the three defeats, with a common failing being poor finishing of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.
Mills pointed out how Bamford was once again a notable figure in the wastefulness against Wigan.
Mills told Football Insider: “It was an okay performance but the passing wasn’t as sharp, the energy levels weren’t there and maybe that was a little bit of tiredness after the comeback the other night (v Millwall).
“You can’t keep giving (opposition) goals, a leg up. You can’t keep allowing them to take the lead. At some point Leeds have got to be more ruthless, have got to be more clinical.
“Bamford had several chances, good chances, that maybe another striker puts in the back of the net. It’s a common failing and a let-down.”
Bielsa chose to overlook new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin on Saturday as he surprisingly even failed to make the substitute’s bench.
Bamford was handed his 28th Championship start of the season out of a possible 30 on Saturday against Wigan.
He failed to add to his 12 goals in the league this season on a day when Leeds had an emphatic 73 per cent possession and 18 shots on goal.
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