Danny Mills claims that Leeds United fans would have rather kept Kemar Roofe over the divisive Patrick Bamford this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the style of the Whites’ current first-choice striker means that he is not favoured by everyone in the Elland Road stands.
Roofe left Leeds for Anderlecht this summer, Marcelo Bielsa bringing Eddie Nketiah in from Arsenal to help Bamford with his goal-scoring duties up front.
However, Mills suggests that Leeds fans would have rather kept Roofe and got rid of Bamford instead, despite insisting that the former Middlesbrough man has a better record than his former teammate.
“He’s always going to divide opinion because of the style that he plays the way that he plays,” Mills told Football Insider.
“It’s always going to be split whether people want him or out but when you look at his record, it was better than Kemar Roofe’s. On the surface, if you’d asked Leeds fans would you rather Roofe or Bamford, they’d have probably said Roofe.
“When you look at the stats, Bamford’s better, his productivity is greater. We know how meticulous Bielsa is, I’m sure he’s looked at absolutely everything.”
Bamford netted 10 goals in 25 appearances last season, averaging a goal every 162 minutes, while Roofe managed 15 in 34, an average of a goal just under every 168 minutes.
The latter has yet to play for Anderlecht due to an injury problem picked up while still at Elland Road, while the current Leeds ace has hit three goals in his opening four appearances.