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Leeds striker Eddie Nketiah can benefit massively from England Under-21 duty

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Leeds striker Eddie Nketiah can benefit massively from England Under-21 duty

Eddie Nketiah has excited Leeds United fans so far this season since joining on loan from Arsenal, but he’s yet to start a league match.

The 20-year-old centre-forward has shown he’s a natural finisher in the penalty area and he can play an important role in the Whites squad this campaign.

He’s managed three goals in five games across all competitions and looked deadly in the Carabao Cup.

He shouldn’t be content with constant cameos off the bench in the league and needs to try force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been the preferred option in attack and started all six league games so far, with a decent return of four goals.

 

But Nketiah needs to try use the international break to apply some more pressure on Bamford for the starting position.

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Nketiah has been called up to the England Under-21 squad, who face Turkey and Kosovo in qualifying fixtures during the break.

The young striker can surely help his chances of more minutes at Elland Road if he impresses for Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions and makes a statement on the international stage.

He’s a highly-rated talent that has the potential to reach the top and is a natural in front of goal, but Bielsa has such high demands for all his players and won’t throw them in until he feels they are ready.

Nketiah needs to make it impossible for Leeds to leave him out the team and scoring for England’s Under-21s side should crank up the pressure on Bamford.

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