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Loan Watch: Why Eddie Nketiah is not starting for Leeds

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Eddie Nketiah has taken well to life at Leeds so far.

In his first four games in all competitions, he has scored three goals, which is all you can ask for from your striker. He has also taken advantage of the starts offered by Marcelo Bielsa, scoring in both games when he was included from the beginning in the Carabao Cup.

However, he is yet to start in the Championship and has only featured twice in the league. He did score the winner against Brentford after being introduced from the bench, but clearly his manager at Elland Road does not feel he is yet ready to lead the line.

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That responsibility has been handed to Patrick Bamford and as such, that is who Nketiah will need to dislodge. So far this term, Bamford has hit the ground running, bagging four goals in six starts for the Yorkshire side as well as one assist. He has taken 3.7 shots a game.

Whilst it is hard to take too much from this season’s 58 minutes he has played, we can look at the England U21 international’s performances in the Europa League last season, where he started two matches. Across those two games, he had two shots per match, but averaged 4.5 dribbles.

That doesn’t appear to be something Bielsa will want too much of. The most frequent dribblers for the Whites this term are Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez, with just two each a match. Instead, Leeds have averaged 61.2% possession. That does not leave too much space for solo runs, but rather requires players to move the ball on quickly.

On the other hand, Bamford has not completed a single take-on in those six games, which is obviously lower than Nketiah’s 0.3 this term despite him not yet starting a league game. To feature more frequently this term, this is something that he will have to remove from his game. Should he do so, we can expect to see him more often at Elland Road.

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