Scott Minto believes that Eddie Nketiah should be handed more gametime at Leeds United when he comes back from injury.
The Arsenal loanee missed the 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers after suffering an abdominal injury in Friday’s training session.
Nketiah has endured a frustrating loan spell at Elland Road after playing second fiddle to Patrick Bamford who has not scored since late August.
While Minto says that Bamford’s all-round game has certainly improved this season, he said that the Arsenal starlet has shown more than enough to warrant a run in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, he said: “There’s a lot of criticism that gets thrown at Patrick Bamford, and while I’m not his biggest fan, I do think that he has great talent and this season I’ve seen him up his game in terms of movement, his work ethic and his ability to battle with defenders.
“I do understand why he’s played in the side for a long time.
“For a short time it looked like it was working – 60 minutes for Bamford and 30 minutes for (Eddie) Nketiah to come off the bench and score a goal when the teams were tired.
“I think if Patrick Bamford could be more clinical then it would help. It’s not about scoring the perfect goal.
“For me the best goalscorers are Ronaldo and Messi, they just pass the ball into the net, they’re clinical.
“It doesn’t have to be pretty – it doesn’t matter as long as another one gets chalked off. That’s something that I feel he has to do.
“He does miss chances but I don’t have a problem with that because it means that he’s getting in the right position, but when you’ve got someone like Eddie Nketiah who is a finisher, then of course the pressure’s going to be there.
“I don’t see what Eddie Nketiah does in training every day and whether he can fit into the Leeds style, but what I do think is that he should be given a chance.
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“Following the Sheffield Wednesday game he came on and he showed me, and we discussed it on air as well, that it was not just about his scoring. He showed that he could work defenders, lead the line and make assists or potential assists.
“We also discussed whether Bielsa should be worried whether Arsenal will recall him in January.
“I don’t think he should be playing because you’re afraid that he might not be around in a couple of months – you can’t afford to do that in the Championship, but I do think that everything now is geared towards him needing games, needing starts and needing a run of starts.
“That’s not to say that Patrick Bamford won’t play a key part between now and the end of the season, but I do think that Eddie Nketiah deserves a chance when he returns from injury.”