By Ben Brown

19th Apr, 2022 | 5:40pm

Eddie Nketiah admits frustration during Leeds United loan spell

Current Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah has opened up about his time with Leeds United, revealing his frustration at a lack of starting appearances.

The 22-year-old scored some vital goals during his six-month loan spell with the Whites’ in the 2019/20 campaign, earning a winners medal for his contribution to the Elland Road side’s Championship title triumph.

He had to settle for much of his game time off the bench however with Marcelo Bielsa preferring Patrick Bamford up top, and England’s U21 record goalscorer has confessed his surprise at El Loco’s decision.

“Obviously when you go somewhere (on loan) I’m not going to go somewhere I’m not going to play,” he told The Beautiful Game Podcast (19th April).

“I felt it was a good suit and so did the club. I think I started really well… the first six or seven games I’d scored about four goals already and I started a couple in the cup and the rest I was coming off the bench.

“It got to a point where I’m thinking ‘what else do I need to do to start?’ He’s telling me to be patient and that he wants me to learn (in training).

“When I got to that stage where I felt I should’ve been playing, I had words.”

Right Call

What with the pandemic and everything which has happened since it’s easy to forget that Nketiah only left the club in January 2020.

He played a key part in those early weeks of the season and most fans will probably forgive him for wondering why Bielsa seemingly didn’t trust him to start regularly as the Argentine’s sole forward.

Bamford at the time was at his peak struggles for goalscoring form but El Loco ignored all the outside noise and persisted with his big-money signing from Middlesbrough, his loyalty eventually being repaid as Bamford hit 16 in the league to help secure the Whites’ Premier League return.

Nketiah was unfortunate in that sense as most other managers would have probably given the young striker a run in the team, but as has been well documented Bielsa was no ‘other’ manager.

The 22-year-old might feel hard done by during that spell but he hasn’t really managed to kick on at Arsenal since so it could be argued Bielsa made the right call. It wouldn’t have been the first time during his four-year reign.

In other Leeds United news, this superstar midfielder could be easier to sign after his current manager admitted he may have played his last game for the club.