Danny Mills has thrown down the gauntlet to Leeds United’s fringe figures as he urges a change of mentality when it comes to scoring goals this season.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that those currently not in the starting XI, such as Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah, need to start showing a clinical edge on matchday after seeing a number of chances passed up against Swansea City.
The Whites had over 20 shots and 60 per cent possession against the Swans but were beaten 1-0 by the Welsh outfit, Wayne Routledge scoring the only goal of the game.
Mills says those coming off the bench need to have more of an impact, insisting there is no point impressing in training or on international duty over the current two-week break from Championship action.
Mills told Football Insider: “When they get their opportunity in the side, they’ve got to come in and be clinical. There’s no point doing it in training, no point doing it away wherever with your country.
“When you get your chance, when you get two chances, you’ve got to stick one in the back of the net, that’s what it comes down to. The mentality has to change about how they’re going to get the ball in the back of the net.”
Summer arrival Nketiah has only featured as a substitute in the league so far, Marcelo Bielsa preferring to start with Patrick Bamford up front, with one goal in three appearances for the Arsenal loanee.
Costa has also been forced to bide his time on the substitutes’ bench, managing to contribute one assist in his six league outings this season.