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Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa believes Eddie Nketiah is best used as a striker

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa believes Eddie Nketiah is best used as a striker

Eddie Nketiah’s best position is as a striker, according to Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine boss believes the Arsenal loanee has all the necessary capabilities to be able to operate in various positions across the final third, though the South American feels he will be better in the middle after witnessing how he took his goal against Salford City in the Carabao Cup.

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Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa said: “The player has the capabilities to play in different positions in attack. But the best position for him is a striker.

“In the last game he had good contact with the ball for the goal. He scored and missed some chances too. He had a performance like the team – a medium level of performance. But in the goal he scored, so he showed his skills too.

“He did a surprise movement. Easy to solve. But to arrive in this space at the right tempo how he arrived, is not as easy as you think when you are watching.”

Nketiah appears to have started life at Elland Road rather encouragingly as he had not trained with his new team-mates prior to the game against Salford and still managed to make the movements that required him to get in a position to find the back of the net.

Finding the back of the net is not something that the 20-year-old is shy of doing as he has been in particularly good form this season already.

During Arsenal’s pre-season tour, he managed to impress as he had an extremely productive pre-season under Unai Emery, scoring two goals against Fiorentina and the winner against Bayern Munich (Sky Sports).

In his 19 competitive first-team matches for the Gunners, Nketiah has three goals to his name so far (Transfermarkt). Indeed, those figures could be improved under Bielsa if he does decide to play him as a striker and gives the attacker the regular minutes and exposure to Championship football he will be hopeful of.

The Argentine has shown he has the knack and passion of developing youngsters into top quality individuals (Leeds-Live).

Nketiah has already admitted that he hopes to thrive off the pressure that being at Leeds United will no doubt bring and playing under Bielsa could certainly help him to improve and develop into the type of player he wants to be.

However, it is hardly a surprise to hear that the Argentine manager believes the youngster is best suited playing down the middle as the forward has netted 46 goals in the 54 appearances he has played in that position throughout his short career to date.

Leeds fans, do you see the centre-forward role being Nketiah’s best position? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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