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Eddie Nketiah was presented with a real opportunity on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday as he was handed his joint-longest league outing of the season.
Indeed, he was brought on at half-time rather than his usual late introduction. However, he didn’t grasp this opportunity to prove himself.
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There have been a number of calls for the 20-year-old to start in recent weeks, and an extended appearance against the Owls was a real chance for him to show that he has more to his game than just goals, but his stats from that game show that he didn’t have the required impact.
Of course, scoring goals is a key thing for any striker, and Nketiah failed to find the net against Wednesday.
However, with Bamford unable to score in any of his last nine appearances, a 45-minute barren spell for the Arsenal loanee can be forgiven.
What can’t be forgiven though is his wastefulness on the ball.
Despite only playing the second half against the Owls, the striker was dispossessed the second-highest number of times of any Leeds United player as he lost the ball on three occasions.
On top of that, he had more unsuccessful touches than any other Whites player, and that may be down to his tendency to dribble.
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Indeed, Nketiah completed three dribbles in his appearance against Wednesday – three times more than any other Leeds player – a marginal positive to take from a shoddy cameo.
In comparison, Bamford completes just 0.2 dribbles per game, and while more dribbles may seem like a good thing – losing the ball over and over is the last thing that Bielsa wants from his strikers.