Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims something Bielsa 'not happy with' about Leeds star
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Paul Robinson has said that there must be something about Eddie Nketiah’s game that Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is not happy about.
The Arsenal loanee hasn’t started for Leeds yet in the Championship but could be set for his big chance against QPR on Saturday, with Bamford suffering from an ankle injury he picked up last weekend.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said, “Marcelo Bielsa is a scientist of the game, he studies everything, so there will be a reason that Nketiah won’t be playing.
“I’ve said for weeks now Nketiah should be playing. The possession is there, it’s the final third, the carelessness, the inability in the final third that has let Leeds down.
“Why he’s not, the manager will know because there will be something in his game, whether it’s his work-rate off the ball or whether it’s his ability to play with his back to goal – his goalscoring is not in question, but I think there’ll be something that Nketiah has been working on with the manager.
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“I can only imagine that it’s going to be a matter of time, if not this weekend, before he plays because something has to change.
“You can’t keep playing Patrick Bamford and take him off at halftime or three-quarters of the way through, it’s clearly not the answer.
“Nketiah, every time he comes on he normally scores and gives the team something else, gives them the threat in behind.
“You have to bow down to a manager’s experience and knowledge and think there’s something with Nketiah that he’s not happy with but he is in the process of changing and he will play because if he doesn’t I think they stand to lose him.”
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Bamford was struggling with an ankle injury in his press conference on Thursday.
Nketiah would be the natural replacement and it would be unthinkable that he wouldn’t start if Bamford wasn’t fit.
Arsenal will be watching proceedings carefully and they have a recall clause if Nketiah isn’t being used enough.
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