Danny Mills Exclusive: Leeds 25yo faces tactical switch-up to avoid drop down pecking order


Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford could find himself playing in a deeper role than a centre forward thanks to the arrival of Helder Costa, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road defender claims that the Portuguese winger could threaten the English star’s place up front with the ability to provide pace and trickery in attack.

Bamford shared striking duties with Kemar Roofe during the 2018-19 campaign, injury and suspension meaning Marcelo Bielsa was often forced to chop and change between the pair.

However, Mills thinks a change of positioning could be the best thing for Bamford and his talents, suggesting he is set to fall down the pecking order if he cannot adapt his game.

“You’ve got Patrick Bamford, who is probably the second striker, you’ve got Kemar Roofe and you’ve got Helder Costa that could play up front,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“I think between Roofe and Costa, and Bamford when needed, I think you can probably get by with that. Bamford could even end up playing as the false nine, as the 10, at times. It’s not his forte, running in behind.

“You now could play Kemar Roofe on the left or the right, Helder Costa on the other side and almost play as a three up front but with Bamford slightly withdrawn, which gives him the chance to get in those pockets, turn, play passes and create chances.”

The 25-year-old featured 25 times across all competitions in his first season at Leeds, scoring 10 goals.

Roofe meanwhile topped the scoring charts at Elland Road, finishing the campaign with 15 strikes under his belt.

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