Darren Bent has suggested that Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah will be frustrated at seeing Patrick Bamford score two goals against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England hitman said that it was “mentally taxing” to see another striker hitting a good spell of form while you are sitting on the bench as backup.
Nketiah has been forced to wait for his first minutes in the Championship since joining Leeds from Arsenal, with a goal-scoring performance in the League Cup against Salford City all he has under his belt.
Bent says that the 20-year-old will be willing Bamford to do his best but that he will not want him to shine too bright as he bides his time for first-team action, the former Middlesbrough man having scored three goals in as many games.
“That’s the tough bit when you’re a striker – I’ve been there before – when the striker in front of you is scoring,” Bent told Football Insider.
“You want him to score goals but you don’t want him to do too well because you want to be given your chance. The longer the game goes on, you keep seeing the guy score, score, score, all Eddie Nketiah can do is be ready because there will be a time when he’s called upon. When it comes, he’s got to take that chance.
“It’s tough, it’s mentally tough, mentally taxing to watch another striker bang goals in but his opportunity is going to come.”
The win over Wigan kicked off a busy run of five fixtures in 14 days for Leeds, with a clash against Brentford, and a potential reunion with former Elland Road favourite Pontus Jansson, on Wednesday night.
Nketiah may have to wait until their League Cup clash with Stoke City before being handed another star, with the Whites playing the Potters twice in a matter of days.