Jermaine Beckford has told LUTV that Eddie Nketiah is Leeds United’s most dangerous player at the moment, and is unfortunate not to start ahead of Patrick Bamford after scoring against Barnsley on Sunday.
Nketiah, 20, scored his fourth goal for Leeds on Sunday after coming off the bench to finally make the breakthrough. He got on the end of Kalvin Phillips’ excellent free-kick to volley home, before winning a penalty for Mateusz Klich to score.
The England Under-21 international and Arsenal loanee is yet to start in the Championship for Leeds despite coming off the bench to score against Brentford and Barnsley, as well as finding the net in the Carabao Cup against Salford and Stoke.
Leeds icon Beckford, who scored 84 goals in 147 games during his time at Elland Road, was full of praise for Nketiah and feels the young striker is unfortunate not to have been handed a first start for the Yorkshire outfit in the Championship.
“You’ve got Nketiah, who is pushing for a start and rightly so,” Beckford said. “Unfortunately for him, Bamford offers a lot as well. He just needs to bide his time, but he’s coming off the bench and he’s scored.
“He’s [Bielsa] not going to want to change a winning system. He’s the most dangerous player on the field at the moment. His positional sense is brilliant, he’s in a rich vain of form. He’s doing things seasoned strikers don’t do.”
TBR’s view – Nketiah or Bamford?
There is no doubt that Nketiah is banging down the door. The slight difference after Sunday’s win is that Nketiah showed he is more than just scoring goals, but he is also able to contribute to play.
His run down the line before winning the penalty showed his work rate and intelligence to get in ahead of Aapo Halme, who then tripped the striker. Before Sunday’s win, Nketiah had proven his goalscoring prowess, but perhaps not the other side to his game.
It is interesting to see whether the loyal Marcelo Bielsa will once again choose Bamford to start, or whether Sunday’s result will have finally persuaded the Argentine boss to throw Nketiah in from the off.