Danny Mills says that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa must find a way of playing Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford in attack together after drawing a blank against Charlton Athletic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says that it is time to hand the Arsenal loanee a place in the starting XI against West Brom, having only appeared from the bench in the Championship this season.
Bamford started the 1-0 defeat to Charlton on Saturday while Nketiah came off the bench at half-time, the duo playing together for 25 minutes before the former Middlesbrough man was substituted for Tyler Roberts.
Mills says that things are not working up front for Leeds, having dominated a number of games without sealing victory, and that it is time to unleash Nketiah from the first whistle on Tuesday night.
Mills told Football Insider: “It’s bizarre, it’s very, very bizarre what’s going on. Now, Nketiah needs to get 90 minutes or appear from the start, that has to be a must because we’re saying the same things every single week.
“They’re now facing a good side in West Brom that are a good side and are going to be pushing for promotion. I’m not sure how Bielsa’s going to change it, but he needs to change it soon.
“They’re dominating games, they’re creating chances but they’re just not scoring. At some point he’s got to sacrifice something in midfield or wherever and play two strikers.”
Bamford has netted four goals in his nine Championship appearances so far this season but has now drawn a blank in the Whites’ last four games against Swansea, Barnsley, Derby and Charlton.
Nketiah, who scored on his league debut for Leeds against Brentford, also came off the bench to striker against Barnsley, while his 45 minutes against Charlton was his longest runout in the second-tier so far.
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