Nketiah opens up on battle with Bamford for Leeds starting place

Date published: Monday 28th October 2019 1:02

Leeds United forward Eddie Nketiah has vowed to “keep working hard” as he battles with Patrick Bamford for a place in the starting lineup.

Aa string of impressive performances from Nketiah from the bench in recent weeks has led to calls for the pair to start together, but when quizzed on the situation, head coach Marcelo Bielsa said he hadn’t seen enough of the duo together in training.

Nketiah came on for Bamford at half time in Saturday’s goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday and speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Nketiah said he will not let up in the search for a starting role.

“Obviously it’s the manager’s decision [to start Bamford] but all I can do is keep working hard and put forward my place to play,” the 20-year-old said.



“If I play ten minutes or five minutes or 15 I will always try and help the team and add something positive. That’s what I tried to do [on Saturday].”

Opening up about the result against Garry Monk’s Wednesday, Nketiah said: “It was nice to get on. “The team were obviously drawing so I just tried to add a bit of life and energy to the attack and obviously do my thing and I think we managed to create a couple of chances.

“The keeper saved mine and Jack had a couple of chances. Overall I think it was a positive second half and obviously they are a difficult team so to come away with a draw is not a bad result.”

Leeds, who sit two points adrift of Championship leaders West Brom, face QPR at Elland Road on Saturday.


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