Darren Bent criticises Bielsa for not giving Eddie Nketiah more minutes
Darren Bent criticises Bielsa for not giving Eddie Nketiah more minutes
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Darren Bent criticises Bielsa for not giving Eddie Nketiah more minutes

​Former England international forward Darren Bent has exclaimed that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is purposefully starting Eddie Nketiah from the bench according to Goal.

The 20-year-old of Ghanaian descent featured for the England U21 team and put on impressive performances but that did not seem to phase Bielsa as Nketiah did not start in the Championship over the weekend. 

“Yeah, he’s not doing Eddie any favours or Leeds any favour because I’m telling you if this continues in January, Arsenal will take him out of there and play him somewhere else," Bent told Football Insider.

You can’t have a kid like that raring to go, we’ve just seen him score a hat-trick for England’s U21s, playing at a really good level, getting 15 minutes there or getting 30 minutes there, it’s not going to work.

“Arsenal will say it’s not good enough as we’ve sent him out to get minutes and he’s not getting minutes, so what is going to happen, Arsenal will take him out of Leeds and they will be left with one striker, then what do they do?”

Gunners manager Unai Emery previously told the media that he wasn't too concerned about Nketiah's few minutes in the Championship as he believes that the star will make an impact at Leeds

“Now is not the moment. We are in October. He’s now on loan at Leeds,” Emery told the media.

“I respect his coach [for] his decision and I think he’s going to play more. He’s going to deserve it."

Bielsa on his path has said he will shoulder the blame if Nketiah does not excel at Leeds.

"For me, it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” he said.

"If Nketiah doesn't do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as a coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team."

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