Danny Mills claims that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is still in the “driving seat” ahead of Eddie Nketiah for a place in the starting XI against Sheffield Wednesday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back insists that the former Middlesbrough man is doing enough up top to keep the Arsenal loanee on the bench, despite the 20-year-old netting for both club and country in recent weeks.
Nketiah scored the equaliser in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Preston North End, having scored a hat-trick while with England’s under-21s over the international break.
However, Mills says that his performances when coming off the bench have not been exceptional and that Bamford still appears to be Marcelo Bielsa’s first choice when it comes to leading the line for the Whites.
Mills told Football Insider: “There’s been a lot of pressure, Nketiah’s been in good form and there’s no doubt Nketiah’s been knocking on the door. You say: ‘Right, okay, it’s a little bit of a stalemate, we’ll change it up. You’ve been banging on my door for your chance, go and take it.’
“He did okay Nketiah, I don’t think he was exciting. You don’t look at it and go: ‘Wow, that was exceptional, this kid has to start the next game.’ Bamford is still in the driving seat.”
Bamford has started every one of Leeds’ Championship fixtures this season, Nketiah forced to bide his time and make use of minutes from the substitutes’ bench.
Leeds’ next match sees them take on Sheffield Wednesday at home in a Yorkshire derby, Jack Harrison scoring the only goal of the game when the two sides met back in April.
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