Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah has admitted that he will never be happy when he is not starting games as he insisted to Sky Sports that he feels that he is good enough for Leeds United’s side.
Nketiah’s loan spell at Elland Road has been an intriguing one. His strike-rate is incredibly impressive, with four goals coming in all competitions.
Nevertheless, he returns to the Championship side this week still awaiting his first league start. He has been kept out of the team by Patrick Bamford, who also has four goals this term.
Nketiah’s stock has risen dramatically over the international break however, with the 20-year-old scoring four goals in two games for England’s under-21s. He bagged a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.
And following the win at Stadium MK, Nketiah admitted that he is not entirely happy with the role that he is currently playing for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
“I am really just trying to do as much as I can,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously, I will never be happy with being on the bench. I want to play. I pride myself on being in the team. I think I am good enough to be in the team.
“In the two games I have [started], I have scored. I always try and help the team when I come on.
“I feel like going away with England is always a great opportunity for me to continue to put a case forward and show myself.”
Bamford has often been excellent without scoring in recent weeks. His performance against West Brom was arguably his best for the club.
Nketiah has gone from knocking on the door to smashing it down with an axe over the last week. It will be very interesting to see whether Bielsa’s next team selection recognises that.
There is no question that, for all Bamford’s fantastic work, Leeds need a ruthless goalscorer. And many are clearly convinced that now is the time for Bielsa to answer Nketiah’s call.