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Andy Couzens claims Leeds pace off the bench is extremely vital

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Andy Couzens claims Leeds pace off the bench is extremely vital

Andy Couzens believes that Leeds United have a real advantage this season with the pace at their disposal on their bench.

The Whites continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Brentford on Wednesday night and had to be patient before breaking finally breaking down their opponents.

It was substitutes Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah that combined to net the winner, which means the Yorkshire giants sit top of the Championship table after four games.

Leeds speed machine Costa went flying down the wing in the 81st minute and his cross left it on a plate for centre-forward Nketiah to finish from close-range into an empty net.

Ex-Leeds midfielder Couzens was impressed by another win for his former side, highlighting the importance of injecting some pace into the game off the bench.

“Great result last night always a tough game against Brentford but when you have pace to come of the bench it’s makes a massive difference!! Great start for Eddie in the right place to get us the 3 points,” Couzens wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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TBR’s View:


Costa and Nketiah are having to be patient for their opportunities in the league, but most importantly are making impacts off the bench and the duo appear to be developing a decent understanding.

Costa has arrived at Elland Road from Wolverhampton Wanderers with experience of ripping it up in the Championship and his pace can torment full-backs.

The winger is proving to be a dangerous weapon for manager Marcelo Bielsa to introduce in the second-half, but he will surely wnat regular minutes.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Nketiah is the second-choice striker behind Bamford and he has to be pushing for a start.

The Arsenal loanee is a fox in the box that is a clinical finisher, while he can stretch defenders too with his pace running in behind and his intelligent movement.

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