Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has issued a warning to Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford as the performances of the young Eddie Nketiah have been promising so far this season.
“Eddie Nketiah. This guy, he’s had to play second fiddle to Patrick but every time he has been called upon he scores, plays really well,” Bent said to Football Insider.
“What I like about him is he’s quick, powerful, he’ll score goals, he’s really impressed me. It’s nothing that we didn’t know. Bamford has done well to hold onto that shirt but Eddie Nketiah, he’s coming.
“Once Patrick Bamford picks up a little injury, which I hope doesn’t happen, or drops off in form, he’s ready to go.”
Bamford has been deployed as Leeds’ first-choice number nine this season after Kemar Roofe left Elland Road during the summer transfer window.
The Whites centre forward has a good level of experience and has the skills which are required to bag goals on a regular basis in the English second-tier.
Bamford has so far started the season well as he has gone on to thus far find the back of the net four times in the Championship from seven appearances.
He will have to score at least another 15 goals this season if Leeds want to stand a chance of winning promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Bamford was touted to achieve big things when he earned a move to Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in 2012.
Since then, his career has failed to live up to expectations but he has a chance to finally redeem himself in the eyes of the public this season. At 26-years-old, he is approaching the peak of his career and the time is right for him to start delivering.
Nketiah moved to Leeds from Arsenal on loan this summer and will be looking to grow in terms of experience as well as learn as much as possible.
He has so far made four appearances of the bench and scored two Championship goals, including a strike against Barnsley in a 2-0 win on Sunday.