A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to respond to Andrea Radrizzani after the Whites chairman took exception to a headline concerning Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah told Sky Sports in the wake of England’s under-21 win over Austria that he is not going to be happy when he is not playing regularly.
The 20-year-old joined Leeds on loan in the summer. However, he is still awaiting his first Championship start for the club. He has scored four goals in all competitions, including two crucial strikes in the league after coming off the bench.
The Gunners prospect sent a message to Marcelo Bielsa during the international break. He scored four goals in two games, including a hat-trick on Tuesday night. And it was after that Nketiah hinted that it has not been the easiest time for him as he is not starting games.
“Obviously, I will never be happy with being on the bench. I want to play. I pride myself on being in the team. I think I am good enough to be in the team,” he told Sky Sports.
However, Radrizzani has taken exception to the article and suggested that Nketiah’s comments have been twisted. The Italian has hit out at the media for the handling of the stories concerning Nketiah and the interview he gave to The Times earlier in the week.
There is some support for Radrizzani’s comments from Leeds fans. Plenty have expressed their own frustration towards the media and how the club is often portrayed. But the majority of the supporters who have responded to the Leeds owner have actually criticised what he has said.
Several have insisted that Nketiah’s words have not been twisted, and believe that he has every right to be frustrated with Leeds struggling to score goals at the moment.
Here is Radrizzani’s tweet, as well as some of the responses…
It s time the news should report the correct words and not translate in something else. Twice already these week! So much interest in making news out of leeds . Let s stay focus and support the lads and the manager. We have a mission to accomplish and enjoy our centenary #MOT https://t.co/JWGno4X72j
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) October 16, 2019
No you’re wrong
Those were his exact words and he has every right to be annoyed
He has worked hard, is scoring for fun, yet hasn’t had a proper chance in the team, even when the goals have started to dry up and we are crying out for a goal scoring striker like him
— Bielsa Ball 🇦🇷 (@BallBielsa) October 16, 2019
But he’s completely right and these are Eddies words not Sky. He needs to start regardless or he’s going back, he’s one of the most in form strikers about at the moment so to not start him when we are struggling for goals would be criminal.
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) October 16, 2019
He literally said He’s not happy with being on the bench
— LUFC Worldwide (@LUFC_WorldWide) October 16, 2019
Apart from those are his words Andrea. The video clearly shows his unhappiness with his role, he believes he deserves a fair chance and he ain’t getting it.
— Matt. (@MattJLufc) October 16, 2019
Well said. People need a reality check.
— J💙💛 (@J_lufc_3) October 16, 2019
But he is unhappy with the lack of game time and rightly so
— Chester Field (@simonfield17) October 16, 2019
Why would a young talent scoring goals for fun for England be happy on the bench in the Championship ? He is Arsenal’s player not ours so concern is justified to him having his head turned and ask to leave in January .
— Steve H (@steve_halstead) October 16, 2019
I’m as much of a non-fan of some MSM outlets as the next person but I’m not sure anything has been twisted or translated here at all. He’s not happy not playing – rightly so.
— jd (@jackdudders) October 16, 2019
Whilst i agree with what you say about the media making news and they have done with this really i don’t think you can really argue when it’s actually factual evidence of Eddie saying them things. It’s gone this far cos we aren’t playing him
— Gaz (@gazLUFC4) October 16, 2019