Marcelo Bielsa has been quoted by Leeds Live in his pre-Wigan Atheltic press conference as delivering his verdict on Eddie Nketiah’s Leeds United debut – and he was not completely full of praise.
Nketiah, 20, joined the Championship promotion hopefuls on a season-long loan from Arsenal on deadline day. The Whites beat German side Fortuna Dusseldorf and Bristol City to the England Under-21 international’s signature.
The striker started against Salford City in the League Cup on Tuesday night, and scored his first goal for the club after a superb move that included excellent passes from both Jamie Shackleton and Helder Costa.
Asked about Nketiah’s debut, which lasted about 77 minutes before Patrick Bamford replaced him, Bielsa claimed that “everything was too fast” but reckons the more experience, the more he will learn.
“Everything is too fast,” Bielsa said, honestly. “His previous career is his performance. It’s a player we knew about, but now know new things. A player that, when he plays more, will confirm his skills.
“He performed like the team – medium. In the goal, he showed his skills too. He did a surprise movement. Easy to solve. To arrive in this space at the right tempo, is not easy as when you are watching.”
TBR’s view – Excellent management from Bielsa
Bielsa is a superb man manager, according to his former players such as the likes of Ander Herrera. This is an example of just that, as he looks to keep Nketiah on the ground – rather than suffering from over-confidence.
Nketiah has received enormous praise for his display, with Leeds fans excited. Nketiah even drew plaudits from Ian Wright and Arsenal’s official Twitter. But Bielsa is looking to keep his feet on the ground.
The Argentine stated that he will not be starting against Wigan on Saturday, but that he will have to continue to prove himself before getting a start in the league.