Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 15/9; 14:26) that Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah were the difference as Leeds United scored two late goals to win 2-0 at Barnsley on Sunday.
It looked as though it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. The game was goalless with 84 minutes on the clock. Leeds had certainly had their chances, but it looked set to be a familiar story for the Whites as they could not find the back of the net.
But Nketiah broke the deadlock late on as he got on the end of a Kalvin Phillips free-kick to send the away fans into a frenzy. And it was the striker who played a key role in United’s second goal as he was brought down inside the box, leaving Mateusz Klich to double the lead.
Costa came on at the break for Jack Harrison, and looked to make a real impact. He caused all sorts of problems when running at the Barnsley full-back, and he won the free-kick that led to the opener.
And of course, Nketiah’s stock continues to rise. He has now scored four in six appearances after arriving on loan from Arsenal. And Whelan lauded both men after the victory at Oakwell.
“He’s exciting to watch. He’s effective,” he told BBC Radio Leeds when asked about Costa’s display. “He knows where he wants to go with the ball. He knows where he wants the ball.
“The two substitutes made a huge impact when they came on. They’re exciting, and they were the difference today, especially Eddie Nketiah.”
Both men are doing a fantastic job of staking their claims for a first league start for Bielsa’s men. They are both taking their chances when they get on the pitch.
And with both Harrison and Patrick Bamford enduring frustrating afternoons against the Tykes, it would be little surprise to see both men end their wait for those first league starts against Derby County next Saturday.