Danny Mills claims that Leeds United fans will continue to be patient with striker Patrick Bamford during his goal drought if he continues to work as hard as he did against Queens Park Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the 26-year-old was unlucky not to break his duck in front of goal on Saturday, Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison netting on the way to a 2-0 victory.
Bamford has now gone 10 Championship games without finding the back of the net, a run which stretches back until the end of August, despite starting every one of the club’s Championship games this season.
Mills says that there is clearly a confidence issue with Bamford in front of goal, highlighting one of his chances from Saturday, but insists there can be no questioning his work rate.
Mills told Football Insider: “Bamford was very unlucky. He worked his socks off, he got into a one-on-one and he should have done better, a little bit of a lack of confidence at that stage.
“He worked hard after that, he had a header which he got on target but there wasn’t a great deal of conviction, he got his opportunity in the second half, great ball whipped in, he scores, he’s offside.
“I think the fans can appreciate that yes, he is going through a goal drought, but he is working incredibly hard for the team and as long as he is doing that, he’s working very, very hard, the team are still winning. As long as that remains the case, the fans will stay patient with him.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was missing Bamford’s fellow striker Eddie Nketiah through injury, the Arsenal loanee yet to oust Bamford from a starting XI in the league.
Leeds’ last game before the international break sees the Whites play host to Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road in a clash between Yorkshire and Lancashire.
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