By Mark Smith

30th Dec, 2019 | 9:31am

MOT View: BBC pundit should slow down, comparing Leeds ace to PL icon simply bizarre

Leeds United forward Eddie Nketiah may have made his first Championship start as well as his final outing for the club against Birmingham on Sunday.

With growing concerns that Arsenal could recall the 20-year-old, he impressed without scoring at St Andrew’s in the 5-4 victory which sent the Whites back to the top of the league.

Patrick Bamford has been superb in transforming his game to become more physical and torment defences – something Nketiah attempted to some success against the Blues.

Noel Whelan has recently compared Nketiah to Arsenal icon Thierry Henry as he likes to take up some of the same positions as the legendary Frenchman.

“My problem with Eddie is that he spends so much time out wide and he likes to take that Thierry Henry role – coming in off the left, coming in off the right,” the BBC pundit told Football Insider.

“That’s great, but I want my centre forward in the middle to score goals. He’s one of these players that will score you goals when he’s in the box. If you’re going to play that sort of way, you’re going to have to leave Patrick Bamford on the field as well.

“That’s where he got the goal against Fulham – it’s a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, inside from an angle, a good save but a tap in from Patrick.”

Whelan should certainly slow down with any comparison between Henry and Nketiah, as for now, they are just tendencies in his game.

Henry was unstoppable, and even when out wide he could come up with a piece of magic at any point of any game to find the back of the net.

Compare that to Nketiah and he is much better when poaching in-and-around the six-yard box, as he can’t find space to create a chance for himself when outside of the penalty area.

He has all the attributes to be a successful Premier League forward but he must stick to his strengths, with this comparison simply bizarre at this moment.

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