Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa insists he will take the blame should Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell be unsuccessful.
The striker, on loan from Arsenal, joined Leeds in August in search of regular minutes but has found his path into the first team at Elland Road blocked by Patrick Bamford.
The 20-year-old has certainly made an impression when given the opportunity this season, scoring a midweek hat-trick for England under-21s and netting four times in eight appearances for the Championship club.
Marcelo Bielsa insists he will be responsible if Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell is not a success
The Arsenal loanee has endured a frustrating start to life at Elland Road so far
However, reports have suggested that Arsenal may look to recall Nketiah if his current struggles at Elland Road continue, with Bristol City still said to be interested.
Nevertheless, while Bielsa wants Nketiah to succeed with Leeds, if he does not, the head coach will accept responsibility.
‘Nketiah is a player that, at the moment, is not in the starting XI.
Bielsa insists no one wants Nketiah to succeed at Elland Road more than him
‘But we are not being so efficient. It is natural that one striker, a goalscorer like him is claimed by the people. He scored four goals, maybe he could score five. Obviously people start to talk about if it’s Bamford or Eddie.
‘But football changes every day. In the last match before Millwall, the public, the supporters recognised Bamford a lot.
‘For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds.
‘If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.’
Nketiah has netted four goals for Leeds and scored a hat-trick for England U21s in midweek