After his hat-trick for England U21s against Austria last night (see the goals here), Eddie Nketiah says he’ll never be happy being on the bench as he looks to secure more regular playing time with Leeds United.
The 20 year old striker has had to play second fiddle to Patrick Bamford for most of the season, despite the fact his teammate hasn’t scored since August.
It has led to stories about Arsenal being concerned about the amount of playing time he’s receiving during the loan spell, but overcoming obstacles is part and parcel of the development process and Nketiah is showing Marco Bielsa he’s ready to play with his performances during this international break.
“I am really just trying to do as much as I can,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.
“In the two games I have stared, 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.
“I am grateful to be here and I just want to continue doing more at this level and for Leeds.”
Can’t fault the attitude, and we’ll wait and see if it’s enough to hand him a start when Leeds face Birmingham on Saturday.