Leeds United duo Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford will be fighting for a first-team spot this season. But could they potentially play together?
Stuart Dallas has expressed his worry at too much pressure being put on the shoulders of Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford as he stated that it’s ‘not clever’ to ‘put it all on them’.
Both strikers will be tasked with scoring the goals for Leeds as they aim to earn promotion to the Premier League, as they are both already off the mark.
Arsenal loanee Nketiah netted on his debut as Leeds knocked League Two side Salford City out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, utility man Dallas praised the character and reputation that comes with Nketiah and Bamford, but he urged others to chip in and produce the goods too.
On Nketiah: “Comes with a great reputation,” Dallas told Leeds Live. “Needless pressure. Don’t put it all on them. Not clever. Some players don’t react well to that. Important to ease them in. The manager puts them in that’s his call. Tuesday looked more than ready.
“Another case of not putting too much pressure on him. Puts that on himself. Others need to score. Not just him. Pat’s Pat. Confident lad. Could miss and then brace in the next game.”
The surprise departure of Kemar Roofe to Belgian top-tier side Anderlecht resulted in Leeds searching for another striker as they opted to secure the signature of Nketihah.
Whilst he hasn’t been a regular for Arsenal’s senior side, he has still featured in some games and impressed many at the U-23’s age group.
Now, he will be hoping to take that talent and showcase it on the Elland Road stage as Marcelo Bielsa bids to put the nightmare ending of last season behind them.
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