Former Leeds United and Manchester City man tells Los Blancos what they need to address in January transfer window as Patrick Bamford verdict handed in

Rodrigo is the club’s top scorer with six goals, which he added to his tally in the Whites’ 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday night. Mills, who played over 100 times for Leeds during his playing career and also represented the likes of Middlesbrough and Manchester City, feels there is a lack of goals from United’s attacking department and they should look to beef up their attacking options in January.

Bamford are yet to score this season as they continue to recover after returning from a series of injury problems last year. And Mills admits it’s Bamford’s lack of form in front of goal that means Leeds need to look for another striker in the next window, even if January isn’t seen as an ideal time to buy.

“Leeds have to find a way to score goals, it doesn’t help that they have given goals away to the opposition at times. But you have to have a goal threat because if you don’t, it allows other teams to put more pressure on you and put your defense under a lot more pressure,” he told OLBG.

“If anything, Leeds may have to look for strength in that position. January is never a good time to buy, but if you want to survive in the Premier League then it’s a position to consider.

“Joe Gelhardt has never had too many opportunities, even when Bamford was injured. Rodrigo is a senior player who is in the twilight of his career in terms of age, but again he is not going to be prolific. So I think he’s a concern and the dependency on Bamford is huge, but he’s not delivering at the moment.”

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Bamford’s last goal for Leeds in the Premier League came against Brentford in December 2021 as he only made three more appearances in 2021–22 due to a hamstring and then foot injury. The former Crystal Palace striker has one assist in 10 league games in his tenure but is still awaiting his first goal of the campaign.

The 29-year-old scored 17 goals for Leeds during the club’s first season in the top flight as the club finished ninth under Marcelo Bielsa.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Leeds United and Fulham FC at Elland Road on October 23, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“I think it’s a bit worrying because there’s so much reliance on him,” Mills said of Bamford’s form.

“Under Bielsa, it wasn’t just his goals but the way he played and led the line for Leeds. This time it will be more about his goals, putting the ball in the back of the net and increasing those numbers.

“Obviously he already missed a penalty and missed a couple of really good chances. Without realizing it, he also blocked a couple of shots headed for the goal. I think if you were to ask most Leeds fans and people who have watched Bamford for most of his career there, they would say it’s a similar season before his wonderful season.

“That season before they entered the Premier League, he would have times where he would score some really good goals and times where he would miss some really big chances. He would lose one on one and other opportunities; he was nowhere near prolific. He had a season in the Premier League where he was outstanding, everything he seemed to hit went into the back of the net.

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

“It was a phenomenal season, but he really hadn’t done it before that, and hasn’t done it since. You have to wonder if it was a little bit exceptional.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 8: Danny Mills speaks during the FA Chairman’s England Commission press conference at Wembley Stadium on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

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