Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gestures


Darren Bent has suggested that Leeds United could sign Eddie Nketiah on a permanent transfer if he helps fire the club to the Premier League this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that the promising forward, who arrived at Elland Road from Premier League giants on loan over summer, is starting to prove his worth in front of goal in the early stages of this season.

Having netted on his debut against Salford City in the League Cup, he scored his first Championship goal against Brentford last week, having come off the bench as a second-half substitute for his first league outing.

Bent says that people might cast doubts over his contribution elsewhere but that his main objective is to stick it in the back of the net and that a permanent move to Elland Road could be on the cards if he fires them back to the top flight.

Bent told Football Insider: “If he gets a certain amount of games, he will score goals. If he’s not going to get the opportunities at Arsenal, you never know (about a permanent move), if he impresses at Leeds and gets them up, you never know. I believe he can score goals at the highest level.

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“It’s just about him taking his opportunity and scoring when he’s given the chance, which he’s done. For Bielsa, it’s a great headache to have, for the players, it keeps them on their toes, keeps them hungry.

“It’s great for him to get off the mark like I’ve said, he’s a goalscorer. People might question him, what else he does, his other play, but first and foremost he wants to score goals and get in the box.”

The 20-year-old still has a limited amount of first-team experience under his belt with parent club Arsenal, having featured just 19 times across all competitions for the senior side, scoring three goals.

He has appeared three times for Leeds, coming of the bench twice in the Championship and starting the League Cup tie against Salford City.

In other Leeds United news, Bent has told Football Insider that one Premier League-quality star is causing Bielsa a serious headache at Elland Road.