Former Leeds United man Danny Mills has torn into Eddie Nketiah for failing to live up to expectations following his loan move from Arsenal.
Nketiah is yet to start a Championship game for the Whites this season, coming off the bench in all 12 of his league appearances (via Transfermarkt).
However, Mills is far from happy with the Arsenal man, claiming the forward is yet to perform in the extended opportunities and full-halves he has been given by Marcelo Bielsa (via Football Insider).
He said: “You have to say Eddie Nketiah. He came in with a big reputation, had a good record at Arsenal for their U23s and in cup games.”
“Scored in cup games, did okay when coming on but hasn’t done it when given extended run-outs and full halves.”
“He has had limited opportunities, but we haven’t really seen much from him when he’s had those opportunities.”
“And when you come from a big club with a big reputation, you have to perform, and you’d have to say if anyone has been below par, it’s Eddie Nketiah based on the performances he has had.” (Source: Football Insider)
Where do you begin with Mill’s criticism of Nketiah? Well, you can’t always affect a game after coming off the bench as the pattern of it is already set in motion. In the three games the 20-year-old has come on at half-time, Leeds have been either drawing 0-0 or losing by a single goal (via Transfermarkt).
While Nketiah is a talented youngster, expecting him to change the dynamic of a performance is incredibly unrealistic due to his limited first-team experience.
Statistics also seem to suggest Mills is incredibly wrong in his assessment of Nketiah’s loan spell at the club. The youngster sits as the club’s third-highest goalscorer (via WhoScored) despite the fact he has yet to start a league game this season, showing the club’s struggles in front of goal.
If goalscoring wasn’t an issue for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, then Mills would have a point. However, attacking performances, in general, have been a worry, and picking out a 20-year-old for being under par is harsh.
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