Darren Bent has warned Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford about the threat of fellow striker Eddie Nketiah after seeing the Arsenal loanee score his first goal of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that it is “massive” Nketiah has managed to get off the mark at the first time of asking, finishing off an impressive move against Salford City on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old was chosen to lead the line against the League Two side and played his role in the 3-0 League Cup victory.
Bent says that getting your first goal early is a big milestone for a striker and that Bamford, who passed up a number of opportunities against Nottingham Forest, should be feeling the heat up front.
Asked how important Nketiah’s first goal for the club is, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s massive. He’s not been given that opportunity (of pre-season), he’s been at Arsenal and then come to Leeds. For himself, hitting the back of the net is going to be a big weight off his shoulders.
“It’s healthy competition, that’s the only way you’re going to get the best out of each other. Bamford needs to be careful, he’s got a lot of ability to score goals but he’s got someone on the bench behind him that’s equally as good a goalscorer.
“Nketiah’s very direct, quick, powerful, wants to get in behind. Bamford’s quite silky on the ball, good touch, good technique. Very opposite but both very good.”
Having drawn 1-1 with Forest in their last game, Marcelo Bielsa and his men take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium this weekend, the Latics knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City in midweek.
Their last Championship fixture saw them thrashed 3-0 by Preston North End.