Paul Robinson raved about Leeds United’s Eddie Nketiah after his debut performance against League Two opposition Salford City on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old centre-forward joined the Whites on a season-long loan from Arsenal and started with perfect fashion in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Leeds secured a 3-0 away win in the cup and host Stoke City in the next round at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa made seven chances to his side and it included a first appearance for highly-rated Nketiah, who has arrived to provide competition for Kemar Roofe in attack.
Nketiah opened the scoring in the first-half with a simple tap-in in front of goal, but his movement was great to peel away from the defenders and meet the cross.
The centre-forward lead the line well with his pace and movement, so fans can expect to start seeing him involved in league games.
Sky Sports pundit Robinson was impressed by the youngster and feels he could be a real hit for Leeds.
“Nketiah has shown tonight that he can finish chances, he seems to be in the right place at the right time,” Robinson said on Sky Sports’ Football Channel (9:50pm, 13 August).
“That’s what Leeds need. Leeds create chances and they need somebody to put them away. He could bring pace, he could bring goals.
“I’ve not seen a lot of him, but I was really encouraged tonight by his movement off the ball, his pace, his runs, his goals as well that will give him huge confidence.”
Albeit Nketiah’s debut was against League Two opposition, there were plenty of positives to take away from the striker’s performance to leave fans delighted.
The English attacker is someone that loves to play on the shoulder of the last defender and most importantly looks a poacher.
Bamford has been guilty of not being a clinical finisher during his time with Leeds, but their new loanee looks the exact opposite and he will get in the right areas to score goals.
Nketiah looks ideal competition for Bamford and both strikers should score plenty with service from the likes of playmaker Pablo Hernandez.