Danny Mills has suggested Leeds United winger Ian Poveda was “spoilt” at his previous club Manchester City after Patrick Bamford’s shock reveal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Whites defender claimed the 20-year-old may have finally realised the sacrifices he needs to make to fulfill his potential.
Leeds striker Bamford told the club’s official podcast the squad had to warn Poveda after he continued to turn up late to training.
Bamford revealed the England Under-20 international is now the first into training and has transformed his game.
“That should be normal if I’m honest, that should be standard.” Mills told Football Insider.
“Everybody wants to be successful without often knowing what it actually takes. They see what it actually takes to be successful – desire, determination, dedications. That’s what sets the best from everybody else.
“There are some very, very good players out there. What makes Cristiano Ronaldo better than others? Of course, he has fantastic ability but it’s his work rate, his dedication to his ability. That’s what you need.
“Manchester City were prepared to let Poveda go for a reason, they were quite happy to move him on, although they got a decent fee from him.
“It gets to the point now, if they’ve allowed him to go, he’s having to grow up a little bit quicker and understand what it takes to become a top-class player.
“It’s about what are you prepared to do? What sacrifices are you going to make?
“It happens sometimes with young players when they’ve been spoilt, maybe. They’ve been at a big football club, they’ve been looked after and life was comfortable.
“Maybe now he’s started to realise ‘actually if I want to go to the next level, if I want another contract, if I want to play, I’ve got to change the way that I do things.’”