Leeds United remain well on course to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.
The Yorkshire-based side are currently sat top of the Championship table, but have dropped crucial points since returning to competitive action against the likes of Cardiff City and Luton Town.
One player that has struggled for consistency in this year’s campaign is Patrick Bamford, with the Leeds forward’s goalscoring record coming under fire from some sections of the Elland Road faithful.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds defender Danny Mills questioned whether Marcelo Bielsa’s side would be in a better position than they currently find themselves in at this moment in time if they had a more proven striker on their books.
“Same old story with Leeds. Creating so many chances but just cannot get the ball in the net.
“I do wonder if Leeds had, say, Mitrovic up front – how many goals would he have scored this season? Lots, I would suggest.”
Leeds had previously been linked with a move for Southampton striker Che Adams, although a move to Elland Road failed to materialise due to Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl refusing to sanction any potential deal.
Mills went on to name-drop the Southampton forward, and felt that Leeds could have potentially been promoted if they had signed the former Birmingham City man.
“Che Adams – how many goals would he have scored if Leeds had managed to sign him in January? They have just got to hope that the lack of clinical finishing does not cost them promotion.
“If they continue playing they way they do there is every chance they get promoted. 7 points should be enough with everything that is going on.”
Leeds return to action this weekend when they take on play-off chasing Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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I think they’d be all but promoted if they had a more clinical striker.
Patrick Bamford certainly suits Leeds’ high-pressing style of play, but he does lack consistency in front of goal, which has frustrated the Elland Road faithful this season at times.
I was surprised to see Adams not sign for Leeds in the January transfer window, especially when he hasn’t gone on to be a regular in the Southampton team.
He has a proven record at this level, but I don’t think Leeds will regret not signing him, as they should have enough quality in their side to win promotion this season.