Adam Forshaw was asked by former Leeds striker Noel Whelan on BBC Radio Leeds whether Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah deserve to start after proving crucial in the 1-0 win over Brentford – but the midfielder gave little away.
Both Costa and Nketiah came off the bench to combine and secure Leeds United’s winner in the last 10 minutes of the 1-0 win over Brentford. Costa’s excellent run and pass found Nketiah unmarked, who tapped the ball into the net.
Costa, 25, now has three assists in five appearances – only one of which he has started – while Nketiah has scored two goals in two games, as well as finding the back of the net for Leeds’ Under-23 side on Monday against Millwall.
Forshaw stated that whether Costa or Nketiah start is down to manager Marcelo Bielsa, but did admit he has been very impressed with the two players and highlighted the improved strength in depth that Leeds now boast.
“I don’t know, you’ll have to ask him [Bielsa],” Forshaw said. “I’d love to have Helder’s pace, put it that way. It’s not for me to say, though. But it’s nice to know that you’ve got that quality coming off the bench.
“Eddie has scored two very similar goals, they’re very Arsenal-type goals. They’re nice slick goals, real striker finishes.”
TBR’s view – Do Nketiah and Costa deserve to start?
Patrick Bamford has been hit and miss, thus far. Against Bristol City and Wigan Athletic, Bamford has starred for Leeds and scored three goals in those games. But against Nottingham Forest, he struggled and missed a number of decent opportunities.
On Wednesday night, Bamford was decent without having anything more than a couple of half-chances. Whether or not Nketiah deserves a start, Marcelo Bielsa’s trust when it comes to team selection may see Bamford start against Stoke.
However, Portugal international Costa changed the game following his arrival, proving much more effective than Jack Harrison. That is a change that should occur come Saturday afternoon at the Britannia.