Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah has insisted that he will continue to try and work hard to earn a place in the Leeds starting XI.
The Arsenal loanee was once again a sub yesterday as the Whites drew with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, although he did get the second half with Patrick Bamford going off injured.
Nketiah had a couple of decent attempts during the game and impressed in the main. However, the youngster is refusing to be drawn into a debate about his so-called battle with Bamford, instead insisting on just getting on with the job.
“Obviously it’s the manager’s decision but all I can do is keep working hard and put forward my place to play. If I play ten minutes or five minutes or 15 I will always try and help the team and add something positive,” Nketiah told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“That’s what I tried to do today.”
Nketiah has been ignored by manager Marcelo Bielsa in the league this season, coming off the bench as Patrick Bamford has been given the nod up front ahead of him.
However, he’ll be hoping to be given a chance in the coming weeks, especially if Bamford is injured for a couple of weeks.
It’s a bit of a standard response from Nketiah but at least he’s moved to try and address the issue and act professionally.
Nketiah is a player who looks like he is going to score whenever he is on the pitch. If Leeds are to do well this year, then his goals will be important.
Bamford is working hard and playing for the team but there comes a point where goals matter more. This is where Nketiah will eventually hope to get the nod.