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Men's Football Loan starlet Eddie Nketiah scores the winner for Leeds

Eddie Nketiah made an immediate impact on the Championship, scoring on his league debut for Leeds to secure victory against Brentford on Wednesday night.

The England U21 international, on loan from Arsenal, replaced Pablo Hernndez with little more than 10 minutes to go, but it was enough time for him to break the deadlock in a game which saw few chances.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said he would be tempted to play Nketiah up front alongside more established striker Patrick Bamford in the future, depending on the opponent.

“According to what the opponent is doing, we can play with two strikers,” he said. 

“Sometimes playing with many forwards can be positive, sometimes not.

“The key is reading the game you are playing in to see when to play with two.”

The goal was created by another substitute, Helder Costa, on loan at Leeds from Wolves. The winger raced down the right before setting up Nketiah from the byline.

Bielsa says the Portuguese can play on either wing and the home fans, who are already chanting Nketiah’s name, will be looking forward to seeing the pair in action together in future.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank spoke of the difficulties sides face when coming to Elland Road, particularly since the Argentinian coach arrived.

“It’s a very difficult place to come, especially under Bielsa, because of the way they press,” said the Dane. 

“It’s a different way of playing, very much man marking which you are not used to.

“We gave zero chances away, which is fantastic here, except from one.”

Kalvin Philips and Ezgjan Alioski were heavily involved for the home side. It looked like the breakthrough might come from the danger provided by Macedonian Alioski down the left, whose crosses created the best chances of the game prior to the goal.

But Nketiah and Costa added a different dimension to Leeds’ play, and both will be hoping to start at Stoke on Saturday. The fans will be hoping they do, too.


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