Danny Mills claims that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is on the “fringes of greatness” but questioned whether he has the desire to reach his full potential.
The former Whites defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the former Middlesbrough and Chelsea forward has shown glimpses of being a top-quality player but that he has failed to perform consistently enough to make the grade.
Bamford made a goal-scoring start to the new Championship season on Sunday, heading home Pablo Hernandez’s cross in a 3-1 victory over Bristol City.
Mills says that there is no question the 25-year-old has the natural ability to be a success at Elland Road but that he needs to show more determination out on the pitch.
“The jury is still out,” Mills told Football Insider.
“From time to time you see things that makes you go wow, the kid’s got ability without a shadow of a doubt. I think what has been questioned sometimes is his hunger, his desire and maybe his application.
“That cold wet night at Stoke, is he prepared to die for the cause? We’ll wait and see. He’s been on the fringes of teams and the fringes of greatness for a long, long time and it hasn’t quite happened.
“Maybe he’s started to realise this is his last opportunity to make a real name for himself.”
Bamford suffered a difficult first season at Leeds United due to a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out from the end of August to the middle of December.
He managed to score 10 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions, but was banned for the first game of the play-off semi-finals due to his act of simulation versus Aston Villa.
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