Danny Mills has named Patrick Bamford as the one Leeds United player who’s definitely improved this season after his “exceptional” efforts up front.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United and England right-back praised the “courage” of the striker for putting himself in the firing line to take penalties even during his goal drought.
Bamford led the line for the 23rd consecutive league match this season and scored an equaliser as Leeds slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Bamford delivered another selfless display as the spearhead of the attack and was on hand to score a tap-in after excellent work from substitutes Ezgjan Alioski and Eddie Nketiah to level the scores at 1-1 in the second period.
Asked by Football Insider who is the most improved player at Leeds this season, Mills replied: “Patrick Bamford. He’s the one player you’d have to say has improved since last season, attitude, workrate, that may just be down to fitness as he got a full pre-season but also he has stuck at it.
“What was it eight or nine games without a goal? And he wanted to take that penalty, that takes an awful lot of courage as if he missed that…there would have been all sorts of problems.
“His work rate is exceptional, hence why he stayed in the team in his goalless spell.”
Bamford has started all 23 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season, scoring 10 goals and supplying three assists.
United’s 11-match unbeaten run, made up of eight wins and three draws, has come to an end but they remain well clear in second place in the division.