Date: 19th September 2019 at 4:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has suggested that Marcelo Bielsa still does not believe that Eddie Nketiah is ready for a starting role at Leeds United.

The former Leeds defender and England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 20-year-old still does not look as polished a player as he would like and says that the Argentine boss may be feeling the same.

Nketiah has featured four times in the Championship this season but not one of those appearances has come in the starting XI, Bielsa preferring to line up with Patrick Bamford leading the attack.

Despite the Arsenal loanee scoring and winning a penalty against Barnsley on Sunday, Mills has suggested that the striker’s lack of experience is still showing and that Bielsa is reluctant to give him a regular starting role.

Mills told Football Insider: “I still think he looks a little bit raw from time to time and maybe that’s why he’s not quite starting as yet but it’s a difficult balance of giving him game time, getting him up to the speed and physicality of the Championship.

“Bielsa doesn’t seem to believe he’s ready yet, for game in, game out football.”

Nketiah has four goals in six appearances for Leeds across all competitions, having opened his scoring in the League Cup against Salford City.

He has played a total of 78 Championship minutes from his four substitute outings to date, the longest run out being the 29 minutes in the defeat to Swansea City.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that the Elland Road squad need to step in and “pull in the reins” of one teammate.