Eddie Nketiah "disappointed" over lack of Leeds United game time under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road

Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah says he will "never be happy on the bench" but admits he is trying everything he can to force his way into starting contention under Marcelo Bielsa.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 10:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 4:15 pm
Leeds United striker Eddie Nketiah. (Getty)

The Arsenal academy product joined the Whites on a season-long loan deal in the summer with United beating strong interest from a number of clubs for the forward.

Nketiah, though, has been limited to just 162 minutes in the Championship this season and is yet to start a league clash having made seven substitute appearances with striker Patrick Bamford the preferred choice.

The 20-year-old sent another timely message to his head coach on Tuesday night by bagging a hat-trick for England's Under-21s in a 5-1 demolition of Austria, moving his tally to 10 goals in 13 appearances for club and country this season across all competitions.

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Nketiah couldn't hide his disappointment at a lack of match action following the Young Lions victory, saying: "From my point of view, I feel like I've done everything I can to warrant a start and all I can do is continue to apply that pressure by putting in good performances when I come with England and when I play for Leeds, working hard.

"I went there to play matches and to develop so hopefully in the coming weeks I'll get the opportunities to show why I can be in the team week in, week out.

"It's been disappointing for me not to start in the league, I went there to play games and get games.

"It's still early times. I think every time I've come on a done well and shown why I think I should be playing.

"I think tonight was a good statement and a good way for me to put across a performance and hopefully I'll be starting in the next run of games.

"I'm always learning and when I come away here or back at Leeds, it's a new environment, I feel like I am learning a lot.

"I think I'll learn even more by playing, times like this is good for me to come away and get game time here.

"I'm looking to push on. I went there to play and I think I believe I'm good enough to be playing in the team. I want to kick on when I get back and hopefully get a run of games."

He also told Sky Sports after the game: "I am really just trying to do as much as I can.

"Obviously, I will never be happy with being on the bench. I want to play. I pride myself on being in the team. I think I am good enough to be in the team.

"All I can do is put in the performances that I do. When I come on [to] try and contribute and I think with the chances I have had, I have done really well.

"In the two games I have [started], I have scored. I always try and help the team when I come on.

"I feel like going away with England is always a great opportunity for me to continue to put a case forward and show myself.

"It's a great platform and I'm grateful to be here. I just want to continue to do well at this level and for Leeds."

Asked about Nketiah's lack of game time in the Championship, England boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "He gets his minutes with us and I'm sure he'll do well at his club team.

"He is in a brilliant place, learning off a great coach and I know because he has said he is enjoying being there at such a big club and when he comes to us he is ready and fresh hopefully we can send him back as a better player."