Leeds favourite: Nketiah can be a star

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 7:05pm

By Francis Whiteley

Can the on loan Gunner do the business for Bielsa

Eddie Nketiah is one of the most highly rated young stars to come through Arsenal's youth academy in recent years, and he's been tipped for big things in the Championship following his loan move to Leeds United.

He certainly looks the part so far. Having scored against Salford City in the EFL Cup, the youngster bagged the winner against Brentford last night, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.

And former Leeds man Andy Couzens told Love Sport Radio that the youngster can go all the way

"He's not scored a worldie yet, they've all been tap ins! The guy's just got something.

Leeds are blessed with a top class coach as well in the form of Marcelo Bielsa, and Couzens was left in no doubt about the influence the Argentinian can have on the wonderkid.

"Now it's time for Bielsa to really bring him on like he's developed players in the past".

Couzens was particularly impressed by the pace of the Arsenal man.

"He's got a lot of pace, he's got something different. He's got this knack of just being the right place at the right time. His positional play is superb".

Couzens even likened him to two of English football's greatest ever strikers.

"He's like a bit of Gary Lineker and a bit of Ian Wright rolled into one!"

And Nketiah isn't Leeds' only dangerous forward. Batrick Bamford scored twice in the win over Wigan, and Couzens thinks the two could do serious damage if played together.

"He needs a striking partner who can make a move for him as well. And Bamford made a move to take Nketiah's marker out of the game last night, he took him one way and went the other. I think they can work really well together!"

It's early days yet, but Leeds are top of the table - could it finally be Bielsa's year?

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