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Eddie Nketiah hasn’t started a game in the league for Leeds yet this season, and while fans had previously protested against Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to continuously leave the striker on the bench, it seems as if those complaints have died down a bit.
This may be down to Patrick Bamford rediscovering his form as he’s netted three goals in his last five games, but it could also be down to Nketiah’s poor showings as the 20-year-old has scored just once in his last eight appearances.
One former Leeds man believes that the striker has been Leeds’ most disappointing player this season.
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What’s been said then?
Danny Mills was asked by Football Insider about who he thought was Leeds’ most disappointing player this term.
“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.” Mills said.
“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.”
It may seem a little strange to pinpoint a man who has scored every 96.3 minutes in the league this term as Leeds’ most disappointing player, but the more you think about it, Mills is actually right.
The Yorkshire club went through a lot of trouble to sign Nketiah with Victor Orta having to produce a full presentation on why Elland Road was the right place for him.
However, since his arrival, he’s not started a game, and while you could say that isn’t his fault, he’s not done enough to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. With Leeds currently sitting eight points clear of third place, the Argentine has no reason to try and fit him into the squad.
When you go through that much trouble to sign a player you’d expect him to be undroppable, but at the moment it’s really tough to make a case for Bielsa starting the striker.
In other news, Leeds fans have been raving about one youngster after his performance on Saturday.