Danny Mills heaped praise on Patrick Bamford for his Leeds United transformation.
The former Whites and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 27-year-old has bags of ability which is why it is “so frustrating” when he does not show it.
The striker scored one and assisted one as Marcelo Bielsa’s side beat fellow Premier League new-boys Fulham 4-3 to move up to ninth in the table.
Bamford has now scored two in as many games on his return to the English top flight having only scored once in his previous 28 outings in the competition.
The former Middlesborough forward missed the most ‘big chances’ in the Championship last season and was widely criticised for his form in front of goal.
When asked by Football Insider if he believed that Bamford had turned a corner in his career, Mills said:
“We have seen it before, he can score goals and he does have out-and-out quality. That is why he is so frustrating. He works his socks off but in the past it has not clicked for him in front of goal.
“Bielsa has given him a big confidence boost by starting him and playing him as the number nine. He looks more relaxed.
“If he gets 15 goals in the Premier League this season that would be a great return.
“He did a little step-over and showed Odoi a fresh pair of heals. I did not know he had it in him!”
Speaking on his goalscoring start to the season, Bamford said: “It’s a nice start. Hopefully I can keep it up but the main thing is I’m doing my bit for the team.
“If that’s scoring goals, that’s probably the best thing a striker can do, but if it’s not then it’s doing the other things.”
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