Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Bielsa not giving Nketiah a start for Leeds
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Paul Robinson has said that he’s surprised that Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t started Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah in the Championship since he joined in the summer.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said Nketiah was “excellent” when he watched him in one of his two starts in the EFL Cup this season.
“I’m surprised he [Bielsa] hasn’t put Nketiah in the side yet, I’m disappointed he hasn’t,” Robinson said.
“I think you bring a player of that calibre into the club to score goals, and when there’s a real goal-scoring problem, I think he’s got to be given a chance.
“I saw a couple of the games this year he played in, specifically the Salford game in the cup and I watched him there and he was excellent.
“He gave Leeds a real threat, he gave them something else, gave them a real option in behind with his pace.
“His goal-scoring ability is there, it’s clear for people to see so I think it will only be a matter of time if the goal-scoring issues don’t sort themselves out.
“I mean that’s what he’s been brought in for so there has to come a time.”
Patrick Bamford is still the preferred striker of choice for Bielsa, despite the fact he hasn’t scored since August.
Eddie Nketiah’s last goal in the league was in mid-September, when he got the first goal in the 2-0 win over Barnsley.
However, he’s scored six in his last four games for the England Under-21s, including a hat-trick in his last outing against Austria during the recent international break.
Neither striker scored in the 1-0 win against Birmingham on Saturday and Bielsa has said he will name an unchanged line-up for the game against Preston on Tuesday, which means Nketiah will have to take his chance off the bench again.