'I'm not happy' – Leeds ace opens up on current role under Bielsa
Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick for the England Under-21s on Tuesday night as they thumped Austria 5-1.
However, talking to Sky Sports after the game, the young striker admitted that he wasn’t happy at his limited game-time at Leeds.
The Arsenal loanee hasn’t started a game in the Championship yet and this is the first time we’ve heard that he’s not content just warming the bench for Leeds.
“You know I just try and do as much as I can,” Nketiah said.
“I’m not happy, you know I’ll never be happy being on the bench. I think I’m good enough to be in the team. All I can do is put in the performances.
“I think the chances I’ve had I’ve done really well. The two games I played I scored and I’ve always helped the team when I’ve come on.”
Now, no player is going to say that they’re happy being on the bench, but this is slightly worrying from a Leeds perspective.
Talking on the Talking Shutt podcast last month, Leeds chief Angus Kinnear admitted that Arsenal do have a recall clause for Nektiah in January.
He said, “It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan’s going so if the players are playing, and they’re playing well, and they’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which I think we can evidence in both Ben [White] and Eddie’s case, then you’d be fairly confident that the recall wouldn’t be activated by the parent club.”
We’d say he might have a slightly different view now. Nketiah didn’t get off the bench in the recent 1-0 win against West Brom and he hasn’t scored since the game against Barnsley in mid-September – a couple of days before Kinnear went on the podcast.
Marcelo Bielsa rates Patrick Bamford but he hasn’t scored since August. Do we really want to risk losing a striker like Nketiah in the hope that Bamford will suddenly start scoring?
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