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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa needs to cut to the chase with Eddie Nketiah this weekend

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This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will need to bounce back this afternoon when they face Swansea.

A top of the table clash, the Swans travel to Elland Road in second place, only behind the Whites on goal difference.

Since Graham Potter left, they’ve been mightily impressive and their position in the league is fine evidence of that.

Therefore, it won’t be an easy ride for Leeds, especially after their midweek defeat on penalties.

One thing that may make it easier, however, is by starting Eddie Nketiah.

On the chalkboard

Nketiah has been in superb form since signing on loan this summer and in just four games he’s scored three goals.

Only two of those outings have been starts as he began games against Salford and Stoke in the League Cup, finding the back of the net in both whilst he’s also starred from the bench.

He was the hero against Brentford a week and a half ago, scoring a poacher’s effort from close range after Helder Costa’s cross.

After a few weeks of teasing the 20-year-old, Bielsa has to cut to the chase.

The fact of the matter is that now should be the time to pair him in attack with Patrick Bamford.

The latter sat out of Leeds’ defeat against Stoke on Tuesday and he too has found himself in good form, netting four in five Championship outings.

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The signs are there that Bielsa wants to field Nketiah and that was evident when he hinted that he and Bamford could feature in a pair together.

Last weekend, Leeds played with Jack Harrison and the former Middlesbrough man in a two, thus making it not completely beyond the realms of possibility that the Arsenal loan man could soon start.

Harrison managed six dribbles but just one shot last weekend so there’d be a logic behind suggesting someone like Nketiah could bring them added goal threat.

In just 13 minutes against Brentford, he had two shots, putting himself firmly in the right areas to find the goal.

Versus a Swansea side who have only conceded four, this could prove vital on Saturday.

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