According to Leeds United expert and The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, Elland Street sources have informed him head coach Marcelo Bielsa continues to be to completely embrace summer time transfer deadline day mortgage signing Eddie Nketiah, and that if something, the previous few weeks have strengthened Patrick Bamford’s place as the Argentine’s first-choice striker.
The Whites have been pressured to make a move for the Arsenal academy graduate following Kemar Roofe’s departure to Anderlecht in the first week of August, and he has impressed to date, scoring four objectives in nine appearances.
Nketiah has only started two games for Leeds, each within the League Cup, and he has had to come off the bench for every of his Championship appearances up to now.
Bamford has four objectives and an help in 11 league games – all of which he started – but he hasn’t been involved in any of the aspect’s aim in his last six appearances.
However, Bielsa clearly trusts him and charges him larger than the 20-year-old, and given his general performance on the pitch, it’s not onerous to see why.
Both are several types of strikers, and the 26-year-old clearly matches Leeds’ type of play more.
Bielsa additionally isn’t trying to start enjoying two upfront despite the incessant calls to, and Nketiah should hold impressing off the bench to have a chance of enjoying continually.
The Arsenal man’s probabilities of turning into first selection centre-forward can’t be utterly ruled out, though.
It’s an extended season ahead, and a number of things can change, but he has to make do for a place on the substitutes’ bench for now.