Danny Mills claims that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa does not trust striker Eddie Nketiah despite seeing him score for England’s under-21s on Friday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Arsenal loanee might be banging on Bielsa’s door with his goals on the international stage but there is clearly something missing in training.
Nketiah, who netted from the penalty spot against Slovenia on Friday, has scored four goals in nine appearances across all competitions for the Whites but is yet to start a single Championship fixture for Bielsa.
Mills says that international football is completely different to the challenges that he will face in the Championship and that there is clearly something missing on the training ground.
Asked if Nketiah was banging on the manager’s door, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, he is but he just hasn’t really had a chance at Leeds from the start.
“It’s an interesting one, clearly it’s something that Bielsa doesn’t quite see in training, playing international football is different, it’s not the same as playing league football and certainly Championship football.
“You have to trust Marcelo Bielsa and say what is he not seeing in training? What is not happening for him to not be put in the starting line up. There’s just something that isn’t right. Bielsa clearly doesn’t trust him yet.”
Two of Nketiah’s four goals have come in his seven substitute appearances in the Championship, Patrick Bamford clearly Bielsa’s first-choice to lead the line.
He has scored on a regular basis for England’s under-21s under Aidy Boothroyd, with Friday’s penalty his fifth goal in seven appearances for the Young Lions.