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Marcelo Bielsa hits back at Eddie Nketiah criticism after Ian Wright demand

Eddie Nketiah scored a crucial equaliser for Leeds against Preston last night (Picture: Getty)

Marcelo Bielsa defended his use of Eddie Nketiah after the on-loan Arsenal striker rescued Leeds with a late equaliser against Preston last night.

The England Under-21 international admitted last week he was frustrated by the bit-part role he has been restricted to since his temporary move to Elland Road.

Nketiah is yet to start a Championship game despite scoring five goals in total, including last night’s towering header, which kept Bielsa’s team two points adrift of Championship pacesetters West Bromwich Albion.

‘Start him!!!’ tweeted Nketiah’s mentor and Arsenal legend Wright after the 20-year-old’s rescue act at Deepdale but Bielsa insists the England Under-21 international will have to bide his time given the options he has at his disposal.

‘When you have more than one option for the team, it’s never a problem. It’s two solutions for one problem. I try to manage this,’ said the Leeds manager.

Leeds kept within two points of Championship pacesetters West Brom thanks to Eddie Nketiah's goal against West Brom

Leeds kept within two points of Championship pacesetters West Brom thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s goal against West Brom (Picture: Getty)

‘When you manage this, this fact had some difficulties the supporters cannot see. It’s natural people argue with my decision because they don’t have all the reasons I have.

‘Bamford is a great player and Eddie Nketiah is a great player as well. I am forced to make both of them a success this year because if not I am not going to take advantage.

‘If one has success I will not be able to take advantage of the other one. This process lasts nine months and we have 46 matches or 50 matches.

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