We’ve seen on several occasions this season already that Leeds United have been able to rely upon the goals of Eddie Nketiah to get them out of trouble.

On loan from Arsenal, the nippy forward has scored a number of late strikes to earn the Whites some kind of result.

Indeed, such displays have led Leeds fans – and ones of the Gunners – to wonder why Marcelo Bielsa isn’t actually starting the young England u21 man more for the Elland Road outfit.

Speaking today in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, though, he sought to try and explain his thinking.

Quoted by Leeds Live, he said: ‘Bamford runs for the need of the team,’ though he did say more in a typically-Bielsa type answer.

It seems as though Patrick Bamford remains a player firmly in Bielsa’s thoughts as starting striker given the shift he goes through each time he starts up front.

If Nketiah keeps scoring, though, surely he’ll simply have to start sooner rather than later.


  1. The problem is that the team patterns, and individual performances should lead to goals. Patrick Bamford plays in the position of a main striker but doesn’t score or even provide any real number of assists (any?). Not only that, the three forwards have hardly scored at all, and the midfield are incapable to filling this gap. As an intelligent football man Bielsa should be aware of all this and realise that something is not right! Repeatedly choosing the same team, with the same results , then he ought not to wonder why people are starting to question his thinking.


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