Eddie Nketiah the latest victim of Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa's stubbornness

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal before during a training session at London Colney on August 02, 2019 in St Albans, England.

Leeds landed Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal on loan.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on September 21, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Eddie Nketiah has been a class act for Leeds United since signing.

But he has not been able to totally  win over manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Despite earning Leeds points with his appearances from the bench, Nketiah has not been given a single Championship start.

 

Nketiah has been available for 10 of Leeds' 11 Championship games.

He has played in just seven, all of them from the bench.

In total the Arsenal striker has played just 162 minutes of league football.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on July 27, 2019 in St Albans, England.

This might even be a concern to the Gunners, but at least he is playing fairly regularly from the bench, just not in a substantial way.

Nketiah started two Carabao Cup games, netting in both of them, but Leeds have since been eliminated from the competiton.

After a bright start he has only one goal in his last five appearances.

Why isn't he getting game time?

The reason is something only manager Marcelo Bielsa knows, and really it is because the Argentine is notoriously stubborn.

He wants to start Patrick Bamford each week, despite his relatively mediocre record of four goals in 11 games.

Bielsa clearly feels Bamford is a more complete player, and will not change his mind.

Leeds loanee Izzy Brown felt Bielsa's stubbornness last season, when the manager refused to give him a single Championship start.

Logic might suggest Leeds should have at least given it a go, especially with them struggling for creativity.

Nketiah is now also suffering from Bielsa's headstrong nature.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on August 21, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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