Danny Mills has suggested that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has buried doubts over his finishing ability after netting twice against Wigan Athletic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender said that the forward’s performance against Nottingham Forest, in which he passed up a number of goal-scoring opportunities, had people wondering if he was clinical enough to lead the line.
Having been benched for the League Cup clash against Salford City, Bamford returned to starting XI to net both goals in a 2-0 win over Wigan.
Mills insists that another game full of wasted chances would have had fans jumping on his back but that a brace, which puts him up to three goals in as many games, has dispersed their fears.
Asked if people’s doubts had been buried, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think if you miss more than that people start to go: ‘That’s two games on the spin you’ve missed a couple of chances.’
“Now obviously you can say: ‘Leave that behind you, done and dusted, not a problem.’ There’s always that argument that you’ve got to be in that position to score goals and the team’s got to create chances.
“At some point you’ve got to start putting them in the back of the net and that’s what he did on Saturday.”
Bamford had a difficult first campaign at Elland Road, a serious ligament injury forcing him to miss much of the first half of the season.
He managed to finish the season on 10 goals and is now Marcelo Bielsa’s most senior centre forward after Kemar Roofe’s departure.