Marcelo Bielsa comments on Eddie Nketiah display for Leeds today

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on October 22, 2019 in Preston, England.

Eddie Nketiah came on as a substitute for Leeds United against Sheffield Wednesday today.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on October 22, 2019 in Preston, England.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to Leeds Live that he was impressed with the display produced by Arsenal-owned Eddie Nketiah against Sheffield Wednesday.

Nketiah, signed on loan from Premier League club Arsenal in the summer transfer window, came on as a substitute at the start of the second half in the Championship game against Wednesday away from home at the Hillsborough Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The 20-year-old striker did not score for the Whites, as the Yorkshire derby ended in a goalless draw.

Leeds head coach Bielsa has outlined what impressed him about Nketiah against the Owls.

Bielsa told Leeds Live about Nketiah: “Bamford finished very well the last ball. The ball came from one side and he headed for the same side. Patrick is a player who has the skill to fight the physical challenge. Today we thought Eddie had less skill in this sense, but today he showed the opposite.

“Bamford is a player who knows how to mix the movements when he drops and after he drops again. Today, Eddie showed he also can dribble in the one v one that results Patrick used less. Both of them are similar. I thought the second half Nketiah was going to find the same match Patrick found in the first half.

“I thought with us close to their box, Nketiah would give us something more, because when he arrives there he gives us surprise. When Patrick is in the box, Nketiah arrives suddenly. After we played the match further from their box, but Eddie adapted very well to this.

“I saw a lot of good things in Eddie today and I didn’t see that before. I give value to the spirit to compete, to recover the ball, to help the team to pass through difficult moments and one great skill to unbalance the one v one offensively. Powerful movement when he had to dribble at the centre-back he faced.”

Leeds United's Edward Nketiah (left) competing with Sheffield Wednesday's Dominic Iorfa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough...

Starting soon?

Nketiah has yet to make a start for Leeds in the Championship this season, but his performances as a substitute have been quite encouraging.

Perhaps the 20-year-old striker will get the chance from the start soon, and if that does happen, then he will have to make the most of it.

Leeds are in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in...

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