Should Marcelo Bielsa play Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford together?
Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah opened his account for Leeds in less than 45 minutes as he tapped home a good move against Salford in the League Cup. The 20-year-old is undoubtedly an exciting prospect to have at your disposal but Marcelo Bielsa could use him to bring the best out of one of his own.
Patrick Bamford scored on the opening day and has played the full 90 minutes in both of Leeds United’s Championship games so far. The former Chelsea man struggled with injuries last season and managed just nine goals in 22 appearances in the league.
Bamford, who was once highly rated at Chelsea, hasn’t quite progressed the way he would have hoped for but he now has the opportunity to take his game to a whole new level. Bielsa’s tutelage will do him a world of good and playing alongside another centre-forward could help him fight for the Golden Boot this season.
Nketiah is fairly quick and has the ability to get past players. The Arsenal youngster has shown the ability to link up play with the players around him to brilliant effect and if he achieves the same with Bamford, he will take the Championship by storm this season.
Bamford’s biggest issue so far in his career has been his consistency. Playing alongside a player of Nketiah’s quality will help Bamford just as much as it would help the Arsenal man and this, in turn, would help Leeds make their return to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Bielsa, who has so far preferred a single striker formation to make room for his wingers to run up and down the flank, will get to see a whole new dimension in attack if he can accommodate both Nketiah and Bamford together upfront in the coming games.
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