MOT View: Leeds 20y/o says 'almost time' but he will have to be patient again
The debate is set to start up again.
Eddie Nketiah returns to full training tomorrow and with Under-23s games on Friday and Monday, the Arsenal loanee is ready to resume his quest for a starting place in the Leeds United XI.
— Eddie Nketiah 📞 (@EddieNketiah9) November 26, 2019
It’s only misfortune that’s stopped the 20-year-old so far.
Ahead of the game against QPR, Marcelo Bielsa was finally ready to drop Patrick Bamford – after blanking in nine games – and give Nketiah a run of starts, presumably including the games against Luton and Reading last night.
Nketiah picked up an injury the day before his due start date and has been out ever since.
Bamford has now started every game in the Championship and scored six goals – a modest total that could have been seven if the Dubious Goals Committee had taken him at his word that he got his studs on the second in the 2-1 win against Luton on Saturday.
The irony is that Matty Pearson doesn’t want it as an own goal. And, whether he got a stud on it or not, the goal wouldn’t have happened without Bamford.
Bamford made the run into the near post and forced Pearson to defend the cross from Mateusz Klich.
As far as his teammates will be concerned, it was Bamford’s goal.
Stats say that Bamford didn’t have a great night against Reading. But as a team, they defended in numbers and made it really hard for Leeds.
Bamford had three shots, none on target and an xG of 0.26. He didn’t create any chances for himself. [WyScout]
However, he’s won the fans over in the past few weeks with his dedication to the cause and a wonderful reaction to the late goal against Reading.
It was the Reading fans who mocked him last season when Leeds won 3-0 at The Madejski – none scored by Bamford.
He hasn’t forgotten and some eagle-eyed Leeds fans picked up on his aside to the Reading fans after Jack Harrison scored last night.
— Martyn (@MartynBurn) November 26, 2019
So, Bamford’s up for it and the difference between now and the QPR game is that he’s scored two goals (or three if you give him Pearson’s OG). And he’s got the fans back on side.
Another run of blanks will make it hard for Bielsa to ignore Nketiah but at the moment the Arsenal loanee is not going to start ahead of Bamford.
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