Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah has admitted that he is frustrated that he is yet to start a league game for the Championship club.
The Arsenal attacker joined the Whites towards the end of the summer transfer window until the end of the season, with many judges believing he would have a huge role to play at Elland Road this term, however that is not how his temporary switch has played out thus far.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has generally gone with Patrick Bamford as his central striking option, despite the former Chelsea starlet often flattering to deceive, even though Nketiah himself has delivered to good effect in the minimal game time he has had.
The 20-year-old featured for the England under-21 side in their European Championship qualifier against Austria on Tuesday evening, a match in which he netted a hat-trick, and afterwards he expressed his frustration at just how little action he has seen with the Whites.
“I am really just trying to do as much as I can,” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
“Obviously, I will never be happy with being on the bench. I want to play. I pride myself on being in the team. I think I am good enough to be in the team.
“All I can do is put in the performances that I do. When I come on [to] try and contribute and I think with the chances I have had, I have done really well.
“In the two games I have [started], I have scored. I always try and help the team when I come on.
“I feel like going away with England is always a great opportunity for me to continue to put a case forward and show myself.”
Leeds went into the international break in fifth place in the Championship table, having won just one of their last four matches, and are the joint lowest scorers in the top 10, further adding to the surprise at the lack of action for Nketiah.
The youngster will be hoping he has done enough while on international duty, to have a starting berth when the Whites host Birmingham City as they resume their campaign on Saturday afternoon.