Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah

first_imgAdvertisement Eddie Nketiah scored a late equaliser for Leeds against Preston (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlous believes Eddie Nketiah warrants a starting place at Leeds United after scoring his fifth goal of the season during their 1-1 draw with Preston on Tuesday.The 20-year-old striker is highly-regarded at Arsenal but was loaned out to Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the summer in order to gain regular first-team experience in the Championship.Nketiah has made a good impression at Elland Road, netting five times across 11 appearances, however, he is yet to start a Championship match with Patrick Bamford preferred.Bielsa’s decision to start Bamford at Nketiah’s expense has been questioned by Leeds supporters with the former enduring an eight-game goal drought.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 5:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link321Shares Comment Marcelo Bielsa has been reluctant to use Eddie Nketiah in the Championship (Picture: Getty)Parlour also thinks that Nketiah is being underused, saying: ‘I don’t know [why he isn’t starting]. I’m reading the story today: ‘Eddie’s Ready’ – and I think he is.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He deserves a chance; every time he’s come off the bench he’s made a difference. I think Bamford is a guy who holds the ball up a bit better, whereas Eddie Nketiah is one who runs in behind.‘He deserves his opportunity.’Although Arsenal bosses are reportedly ‘surprised’ at Nketiah’s lack of action, there is no plan to cut his loan spell at Leeds short despite Bristol City retaining an interest in his services.With Bielsa struggling to fit Nketiah into his plans, a return to Arsenal has also been mooted but Parlour thinks that the England U21 international would be better served remaining where he is.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhen asked whether Nketiah would get into Arsenal’s team currently, Parlour replied: ‘No. One place Arsenal are pretty strong is up front, now Lacazette is fit again.‘Eddie is getting a bit of experience playing in the Championship, a tough league, and all he can do is keep scoring goals.‘I was in pre-season with them, and the support he had… he was brilliant in pre-season. All the American fans were singing, ‘Eddie, Eddie’.‘He got more praise than Aubameyang and Lacazette – they loved him. Leeds have got a very good player on their hands and he could get them the goals to get them in the Premier League.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiahlast_img