Leeds United ace Patrick Bamford is having an “exceptional” season but the stats prove he is nowhere near the level of Harry Kane.
That is according to former Leeds right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid the 27-year-old’s blister-hot run of form.
Bamford has five goal contributions — three assists two goals — in his last four matches and has twice as many goals (12) as Leeds’ second-top scorer Jack Harrison.
Bamford represented England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, playing under now-first-team boss Gareth Southgate during his two caps for the latter.
But Mills asserts that Bamford would not reproduce his sizzling form for England because Southgate’s system would not accommodate him as well as Bielsa’s.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Patrick Bamford has had an exceptional season but I was listening to Dean Ashton who did a really good comparison on him.
“He said Leeds create as many chances as the top six because of the way that they play. Actually, when you look at the stats, Bamford has missed 14 or 15 goalscoring chances this season.
“Harry Kane has missed six. That’s a huge difference, that’s eight or nine goals.
“That’s probably the case with a lot of Leeds players. But what Patrick Bamford does is play in a unique way which works for Leeds. So could he play for England? No… Because England aren’t going to play that way.
“It’s the same with all the Leeds players. Maybe they wouldn’t get into a lot of other teams. It’s Because they play as a collective. It’s brilliant, it’s high-tempo, it works, it’s exciting. They all know their job.
“If you take them out of that Leeds team they probably become different players.”
Bamford began his career with Nottingham Forest, making a handful of appearances before switching to Chelsea in 2012.
He was sent out on six loan spells during his time at Stanford Bridge, impressing with Middlesbrough for whom he signed permanently before joining Leeds.