Danny Mills claims that the “penny has dropped” for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford after receiving plenty of plaudits for his work ethic up front.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the former Middlesbrough man has divided the opinion of fans at Elland Road due to his style of play when leading the line but that he has shown his willingness to work hard for the team this season.
With Eddie Nketiah hot on his heels for a place in the starting XI, Mills says that Bamford has started to show the hard work which might have been lacking in recent seasons and that it is going to do his cause no harm at all.
Mills told Football Insider: “His goal record is still decent. The signing of Eddie Nketiah, Kemar Roofe leaving, maybe he’s finally seen this as the penny has dropped and he’s gone: ‘Okay, this is my chance, this is my opportunity.’
“He divided opinion very much so last season and that’s mainly down to the languid style he has but I think all fans, managers, coaches appreciate hard work and effort.
“We know he’s got quality, but he’s adding that effort to his game on a consistent level. Players appreciate that, fans appreciate that. If he keeps working hard and getting into the right positions, hopefully he’ll keep putting the ball in the back of the net as well.”
Leeds’ last game before the international break sees them take on 18th-placed Millwall away from home, the midweek fixtures leaving Bielsa’s men sitting second in the Championship table behind Swansea City.
In other Leeds United news, Mills has suggested to Football Insider that a barely-seen player could start against Millwall.