Eddie Nketiah found the back of the net as Leeds United produced a comeback in their latest Carabao Cup tie.
Leeds may now be out of the Carabao Cup, but the large majority of supporters seemed to leave Tuesday’s tie with Stoke City in good spirits after witnessing Marcelo Bielsa’s side produce a superb second-half comeback at Elland Road – which was kick-started by Eddie Nketiah’s latest goal for the Whites.
United rang the changes for their second clash with the Potters in a handful of days, and that presented the Arsenal loanee with the chance to make only his second start since arriving from the Emirates on a season-long loan.
He scored the opening goal in the first round win at Salford City, and his latest goal was, once again, a catalyst for Leeds. The home side were 2-0 down and just over 20 minutes away from exiting the competition. But Nketiah reacted quickest as Jack Butland’s poor clearance hit one of his own players and headed back towards the Stoke goal.
Nketiah was left with a simple finish, but only after a superb nutmeg of the Stoke stopper put him in front of an empty net. It is now three goals in four appearances for the 20-year-old.
Helder Costa would score later on in the tie to ensure that the game went to penalties. Nketiah converted his as he stepped up to take Leeds’ fourth spot-kick, but the Championship leaders were knocked out as Jack Harrison hit the post.
Some Arsenal fans may be concerned that Leeds’ cup exit is going to have a negative impact on Nketiah’s game-time, but judging by his goalscoring record and the reaction to his performance, it may not be too long before the youngster is playing regularly in the league. Even with Patrick Bamford in fantastic form, Nketiah is making it incredibly difficult for Bielsa to leave him out of the side.
Here is what some of the Leeds fans made of Nketiah’s performance…
At least that gave me some entertainment on a Tuesday night! Thank god we don’t have to worry about cup games for a while young lads can be pleased with tonight, Nketiah looks unreal as well #LUFC— Jake Harris (@Jake_Harris15) August 27, 2019
Conclusions from tonight.— Lufc-El (@LufcEl) August 27, 2019
1. Kalvin is indespensible at CDM.
2. Nketiah has an outstanding future ahead of him.
3. We seriously had Spurs pants down with Jack Clarke!!!
Eddie Nketiah is gonna be a big player for us this season! What a player #MOT— SMJ (@SionMichael95) August 27, 2019
Nketiah & Costa doing everything right to earn a starting place, competition is healthy— joz. (@JordanRipley) August 27, 2019
Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa— Luke Hallas (@lukehallas97) August 27, 2019
Main thing is no new injuries, Eddie & Costa looking so sharp & we have Dallas Coops Alioski etc etc all back for the weekend #LUFC— Chris Wheeler (@ChrisHWheeler) August 27, 2019
Would love to see Eddie and Bamford play together against Swansea. Think Costa needs a start too, he looks sharper every game #lufc— Neil (@OooahhBerardi) August 27, 2019
Tonight is the exact reason why I’m glad we’re out. No real squad depth apart from Costa and Eddie (who were class again) has to play the kids, 2-0 at HT chasing the game to lose on penalties. Waste of time. Bring on Swansea! #LUFC— Cookie (@7_Cookie) August 27, 2019