Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was left to regret his decision not to use Eddie Nketiah more this season as his side lost to QPR and he wished the forward was still at the club.
Arsenal brought Eddie Nketiah back from his loan at Leeds because of his lack of gametime. The youngster then impressed Mikel Arteta so much that not only did they cancel his almost-sealed loan to Bristol to keep him at the club, he included him in the matchday squad against Sheffield United and brought him on as a late sub.
Leeds, meanwhile, lost 1-0 at QPR.
Speaking after the game, Bielsa said, “Of course, if Nketiah is on the bench, I have to conclude with this fact. Maybe we could have played Nketiah instead of PAblo or Klich and made our choice.
“If you ask us if we miss Nketiah, of course, because he was our second centre forward or the first one. He is not with us and neither is Tyler. Tyler can play as centre forward and also he is a playmaker arriving to finish. Stevens will give us good answers in attack.
“I would like to have an option off the bench like Nketiah because if not we could not have brought him on at the start of the second half. We do our best to resolve this. You resolve this by bringing a player at their level or better in.”
Arsenal didn’t send Nketiah to be an ‘option off the bench,’ he was already that at Arsenal in the Premier League. He was sent to the Championship to play.