Exclusive: Danny Mills changes mind over 'Rusty' Leeds star after 'Strange' Bielsa claim
Danny Mills has said he agrees with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa after the Argentine said that Eddie Nketiah needed a couple of weeks to get up to speed at Elland Road.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender admitted he thought it was “strange” that the manager thought the Arsenal loanee would need time to bed in, having featured for the Gunners in pre-season.
The young striker made an immediate impact in his debut against Salford City, netting the opening goal in a 3-0 win for the Whites.
However, Mills says that he has changed his mind over the 20-year-old, admitting he looked to be lacking in sharpness and finesse in his first appearance for the club.
Mills told Football Insider: “He had to be in the right place at the right time to tap his goal home but apart from that, I agree with what Marcelo Bielsa said during the week. He did look a little bit rusty at times.
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“Once or twice his touch was a little bit heavy, Bielsa said it will take a couple of weeks to get up to the speed and intensity and the way Leeds want to play. I thought that was a little bit strange when Bielsa said, bearing in mind he’s come from Arsenal, playing in pre-season and playing pretty well.
“Having seen him, I can see why Bielsa would say that. Just at times there were moments you’re thinking a player who’s been at a Premier League side, his touch was that little bit heavy but I’m sure that’ll come.”
Nketiah arrived on loan at Leeds with just 19 first-team appearances and three goals under his belt at Arsenal, only three of which were among the starting XI.
He has taken the place of Kemar Roofe at Elland Road, the former Leeds man leaving the club for Belgian side Anderlecht this summer.