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Marcelo Bielsa could have a real selection dilemma heading into their game against Barnsley after the international break, with a certain striker staking a strong claim for a starting spot.
Eddie Nketiah is that player, with the Arsenal loanee scoring a brace for the England under 21’s against Turkey in their Euro qualifier on Friday evening.
The young striker has been unlucky not to have been handed more starts this season for the Whites, but with Patrick Bamford in good form heading into the international break, it’s understandable as to why Bielsa hasn’t opted to start Nketiah over the former Middlesbrough forward.
But Nketiah can’t do much wrong at the moment, and already has three goals to his name for Leeds this term, even though he has been restricted to just a handful of starts.
Two of his starts came in the EFL Cup, where he scored against both Salford City and Stoke City in both rounds of the competition.
It’s clear to see that Nketiah has got a bright future ahead of him, but he’ll be keen to be given a chance in the Leeds starting XI as soon as possible, so that he can further his development.
He won’t have wanted to come to Elland Road just to occupy a spot on the substitutes bench, so it seems as though it’s only a matter of time before he is given an opportunity to start in their league campaign.
One thing that shouldn’t be ruled out is the possibility of Nketiah partnering Bamford in attack, which could be a mouth-watering prospect for the Leeds United supporters, who will be keen to see their side bounce back from a surprise defeat to Swansea City before the international break.
Nketiah will rightly feel as though he can’t do much more to impress Marcelo Bielsa, and it will be interesting to see whether the Leeds boss is to hand him a start when they are next in action against Barnsley.