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Eddie Nketiah shares his view on potential Leeds United starting berth

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Leeds United deadline day signing Eddie Nketiah believes he has done all he can to push for a starting place in the Whites first team.

The 20-year-old, who joined from Arsenal on deadline day, scored on his debut against Salford City in the Carabao Cup last night.

Marcelo Bielsa named a changed side for the first round tie at Moor Lane but the Whites ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Nketiah opened the scoring late in the first half, tapping in a cross from Helder Costa.

Speaking to Leeds Live after the game, the striker discussed his chances of taking Patrick Bamford’s place in the side for the game against Wigan Athletic Saturday.

He said: “All I can do is take the opportunity that was given to me today and I feel like I did that.

“I tried to work hard and I know there’s a lot more from me to come, from that performance, there’s a lot better.

“Hopefully, I’ll look for a Saturday. It was nice to get the goal today, but it’s the manager’s decision for Saturday.

“All I can do is work hard in training and I’m sure I’ll get my time eventually.”

Nketiah was also quick to praise the Leeds fans after the game.

He said: “The fans have been excellent. It’s always nice to have them sing your name and take you in that quickly.

“It’s really heart-warming and what they can expect from me is I’m going give my all, 100 percent and I can see they respect that here.

“I’m just going to continue to try and do well and hopefully our relationship continues to grow.”

Leeds travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan on Saturday.

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The Verdict

It is going to be very interesting to see who Bielsa opts for in their Championship tie in the North West.

Bamford has drawn some criticism already this season and Nketiah did done no damage to his chances of replacing him with his performance against Salford.

The 20-year-old showed some really good movement and will be high on confidence having got off the mark.

However, Bielsa may feel he is not yet ready to start against Championship opposition – we will have to wait until Saturday to find out.

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