Date: 11th September 2019 at 1:27pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has issued a warning to Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford over his striking counterpart Eddie Nketiah after raving over the loanee’s early performances for the Whites.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England hitman says there is something special about the 20-year-old despite having been forced to play backup to Bamford for the majority of the season.

Nketiah, who signed on loan from Arsenal this summer, has not started a league game for Leeds, featuring three times off the substitutes’ bench, with his only appearances in the starting XI coming in the League Cup.

Despite his lack of regular game time, with just 58 minutes of Championship action under his belt so far, Bent says that Nketiah has dazzled in his cameo appearances and issued a stark warning to Bamford about his place in the starting XI.

Asked who has caught the eye at Elland Road this season, Bent told Football Insider: “Eddie Nketiah. This guy, he’s had to play second fiddle to Patrick but every time he has been called upon he scores, plays really well.

“What I like about him is he’s quick, powerful, he’ll score goals, he’s really impressed me. It’s nothing that we didn’t know. Bamford has done well to hold onto that shirt but Eddie Nketiah, he’s coming.

“Once Patrick Bamford picks up a little injury, which I hope doesn’t happen, or drops off in form, he’s ready to go.” 

Nketiah has a total of three goals in five appearances across all competitions for Leeds, while he has taken his goalscoring form into the international break, netting twice for the England under-21s against Turkey.

Bamford meanwhile has four in six Championship appearances, Marcelo Bielsa handing the 26-year-old a start in every one of the club’s league fixtures.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal that a favourite of Bielsa is set for a month on the sidelines after an ankle injury.