Danny Mills has revealed he has changed his mind about Patrick Bamford after his “exceptional” efforts for Leeds United this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Elland Road defender claimed the striker “struggled” in his first season at the club, partly due to injury.
But Mills hailed Bamford’s commitment to the cause this season and his desire to spearhead the United promotion bid.
Bamford did not score in Leeds’ 2-0 Championship win at Huddersfield today but delivered another selfless display leading the line before he was subbed after 77 minutes.
Asked by Football Insider if he has changed his mind about any Leeds player, Mills replied: “I think Patrick Bamford in all honesty.
“Y’know he maybe struggled a little bit last season, he was out the team with injuries, he came in and at times, missed chances, sometimes his style…you could maybe question whether he was working as hard last season as he is this season? I’m not convinced he was.
“Eddie Nketiah comes in, puts a bit of pressure on him, and all credit to him, he has really stepped up. His work rate is exceptional, hence why he stayed in the team in his goalless spell.
“For a player that’s been around, seen it, done it, this has been a real opportunity to say ‘no, I want to be in this team and get Leeds promoted’.”
Bamford has started all 20 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season, scoring seven goals and supplying two assists.
United’s win today was their sixth in a row and lifted them above West Brom, who host Swansea City tomorrow.
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