1 win in 7 for Leeds since Nketiah returned to Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on December 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on December 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Leeds United lost again at the weekend leaving them with just one win in seven games since Eddie Nketiah was recalled from his loan.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Edward Nketiah of Arsenal looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 27, 2020, in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Edward Nketiah of Arsenal looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 27, 2020, in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Since being recalled from Leeds due to a lack of playing time, Eddie Nketiah has already played and scored for Arsenal and it looks as if Marcelo Bielsa could have done with keeping him around, something he admitted not long after Nketiah returned.

Since the turn of the year, Leeds have played seven games, including their FA Cup tie against Arsenal, and have won just once – a 3-2 home win over Millwall after being 2-0 down.

They’ve also played West Brom (1-1 draw away), Arsenal (1-0 defeat away), Sheffield Wednesday (1-0 defeat home), QPR (1-0 defeat away), Wigan (1-0 defeat away) plus this weekend’s fixture which saw them lose 2-0 at Nottingham Forest.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United reacts ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United at John Smith's Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United reacts ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United at John Smith’s Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

All those games, as you can see, were very tight with just a single goal separating the sides in each one apart from the most recent match at Forest. Despite rarely getting a start, Nketiah averaged a goal or assist every 94 minutes, which isn’t bad at all for a young player often given just a few minutes to make a difference.

In total, Nketiah started just one Championship game for Leeds and in 19 games in all competitions for Bielsa he played the full 90 just once in the EFL Cup.

He scored in that game to get Leeds back into the match when they were 2-1 down. They went on to win the match 7-6 on penalties.

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