Exclusive: 'I'm just amazed' – Paul Robinson opens up on Nketiah situation
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Paul Robinson has said that he’s “amazed” that Eddie Nketiah isn’t getting more game time at Leeds.
The Arsenal loanee is still waiting for his first start in the Championship despite Patrick Bamford not scoring since August.
Robinson also said that he’s worried it will lead to Leeds losing the striker in January.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said, “I’m just amazed at his lack of game time to be honest.
“He (Bielsa) dragged Bamford off at half time against Birmingham and Nketiah came on. I don’t know whether the manager has an opinion about his style or his work-rate off the ball or what it is but he’s a goal scorer and with the lack of goals in the team, that surely was what he was brought in for.
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“He’s proved himself, when he comes on he’s scored, he scored in the cup and he looks lively. They risk losing him back to Arsenal. There’s a real chance that they could lose him in January if he doesn’t get more game time and I don’t know why he doesn’t get more game time.”
Robinson also thinks that Nketiah should start against Sheffield Wednesday.
“I think he should start, yeah. I’d like to see him start, there’s no reason he shouldn’t start.
“The goals aren’t coming from anywhere else and that’s what he’s been brought to the club for. He’s not had enough game time but when he has he’s proven he can score goals.
“I’d like to see him given a start and given a run in the team – not just a start and if he doesn’t score take him out again. I’d like to see him given the chance and an extended run in the team.”
In his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Bielsa said that Patrick Bamford would start against Sheffield Wednesday.
He didn’t explicitly say that Nektiah wouldn’t start alongside him, but that was certainly the inference.
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