Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has singled out Eddie Nketiah for praise after his match-winning cameo on Sunday. Nketiah scored and won a penalty after coming off the bench to lift Leeds back to the top of the Championship.
The Arsenal striker, who is on a season-long loan at Leeds, replaced Patrick Bamford and changed the game. He was brought on after 70 minutes, much to Bamford’s annoyance, and he produced two match-winning moments.
Nketiah converted Kalvin Phillips’ free-kick to give Leeds an 84th-minute lead before ex-Whites defender Aapo Halme fouled him in the box. Mateusz Klich scored the goal to send Leeds back to the summit.
After the game, Bielsa raved about Nketiah. He said (via The Telegraph): “Some players are involved a lot before creating chances. Nketiah is more involved at the end of the action but he has good characteristics to combine with his team-mates to give these options. He is a striker who can score goals. For me, he is a complete player.”
Nketiah has to be knocking on the door for a first Championship start. The England U21 starlet now has four goals to his name in just six games, including two goals in four sub cameos in the league.
Bamford has been in fine form too but Nketiah looks like the striker who can finally deliver promotion for Leeds. Bielsa is often reserved with his praise but even he has acknowledged just how good Nketiah is.