Eddie Nketiah had to settle for a spot on the bench again in Leeds United’s match against Derby County on Saturday, coming off the bench for less than 15 minutes.
Nketiah had scored four goals in six appearances before Saturday, netting once every 62 minutes (dropping to 64 minutes after the game) and winning a penalty in his last appearance. Ahead of him, Patrick Bamford also has four goals, but from many more starts, scoring once every 164 minutes.
Nonetheless, Bamford continues to retain his place in the starting lineup, and he made it three starts without a goal against Derby. The striker missed two big chances in drawing another blank, though he did win a penalty in fairness. Leeds proceeded to put the spot-kick wide.
Nketiah came on in the 79th minute, but this time around he couldn’t be Leeds’ late saviour as they drew 1-1.
After one goal in his last five starts for Bamford, compared to two in two for Nketiah, we must be getting closer to the point at which Marcelo Bielsa finally gives the Arsenal loanee a proper chance in the league.