By Dave Woods

14th Aug, 2019 | 8:44am

Nketiah off the mark on his debut

Eddie Nketiah started against Salford in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and showed the Leeds fans what they can expect from him this season. 

It was a debut of great promise made up of vision, pace and movement, and Nketiah scored, a simple tap-in from three yards that was exactly the sort of goal that Leeds need.

Shushing the Manchester-based home support after he’d scored only endeared him to the fans more.

Nketiah has got some high-profile supporters as well, with Ian Wright watching over the young Arsenal striker.

He tweeted a message of congratulations after the goal and Leeds fans will be hoping to see many more of these in the coming months.

Patrick Bamford came on for Nketiah in the 78th minute but couldn’t find the goal himself and he must be worried that he’s going to be dropped for the 20-year-old in the Championship, possibly starting against Wigan on Saturday.

Nketiah is a very different player to Bamford. He’s got real pace and brings the threat of the poacher to the Whites attack.

The goal against Salford showed why he was brought in. A fantastic pass from Jamie Shackleton found Helder Costa out wide and he fizzed a wonderful pass in for Nketiah to tap into an empty goal from yards out.

Leeds have struggled around the six-yard box and missed out on plenty of goals because of it.

Has Marcelo Bielsa found the player who can score 20+ goals and send Leeds up to the Premier League? It’s too early to say and Nketiah will have to perform against stronger opposition, but to date he’s scored at every level he’s played at. It was a very promising debut.