Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa could be set to hand Eddie Nketiah his first league start for the club on Saturday, according to Football Insider.
The Whites take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road as they look to continue their fine start to the campaign.
Since arriving from Arsenal on loan in the summer, Nketiah has failed to start a single Championship fixture for Leeds United (TransferMarkt).
Instead Bielsa has opted to start with Patrick Bamford in each of their 14 league games to date (TransferMarkt), with Nketiah’s only starts coming in EFL Cup ties against Salford City and Stoke City (TransferMarkt).
However, Bamford has been struggling for goals of late and has now failed to score in each of his last nine appearances for the club (WhoScored).
It seems that his lack of form could now lead to his fellow striker finally being given a chance, with Football Insider reporting that Bielsa was impressed with Nketiah’s contribution against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Argentine has gone with Bamford so far because he thinks his all-round game suits Leeds better, but the report suggests that he now believes that Nketiah has done enough to warrant a league start.
Given Bamford’s recent form, it is probably about time that Bielsa gives Nketiah a chance from the start to show what he can do.
The one problem Leeds have had this season has been scoring goals; indeed, they are the lowest goalscorers of any club currently in the top nine of the Championship (BBC Sport).
When he has been on the pitch, Nketiah has been impressive. He scored in both of his Carabao Cup appearances and also has managed to score three goals and provide an assist in the league despite a total of just 262 minutes on the pitch (TransferMarkt).
It could well be that the young Arsenal loanee is the missing piece of the puzzle for Leeds – he could add the cutting edge that they have so far lacked this term.
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