'Doesn't quite look up to the task' - Danny Mills rips into £30,000-a-week Leeds player
Danny Mills has claimed Patrick Bamford “doesn’t quite look up to the task” of being the main centre-forward for Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and United defender has been unconvinced since Bamford signed from Middlesbrough last season for £7million.
The striker signed a lucrative four-year contract that a Leeds source has told Football Insider is worth around £30,000-a-week, which instantly made him one of the club’s top earners.
The 25-year-old has had a debut campaign disrupted by two serious knee injuries, mixed form and occasional glimpses that persuaded United to shell out their biggest transfer fee in a decade-and-a-half.
“Bamford hasn’t quite done it and doesn’t quite look up to the task,” Mills told Football Insider. “You need a striker who can score you 20-25 goals, and Leeds haven’t had that.
“I know Bamford and [Kemar] Roofe have both had injuries, and they’re good players, but they’ve not done quite enough. Leeds need a new striker who can be relied upon to hit big numbers.”
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Bamford has scored 10 goals from 25 matches this season, including nine in 22 league matches, with only Roofe (15) and Pablo Hernandez (12) scoring more times.
The ex-England Under-21 international blotted his copybook with his playacting against Aston Villa, which resulted in a two-match suspension and ruled him out of the play-off opener against Derby County.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills names the ‘available’ player the club must sign to secure promotion next season.