Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa’s view as Eddie Nketiah’s crucial contribution presses claim for starting slot

Leeds United players celebrate Eddie Nketiah's equaliser at Preston. Picture: Bruce RollinsonLeeds United players celebrate Eddie Nketiah's equaliser at Preston. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Leeds United players celebrate Eddie Nketiah's equaliser at Preston. Picture: Bruce Rollinson | JPIMedia
Marcelo Bielsa had to face questions on the chances of Eddie Nketiah now getting a starting role after the on-loan striker came off the bench to earn Leeds United a point in a 1-1 draw at Preston.
After Patrick Bamford missed another bunch of chances before he was taken off 13 minutes from time Nketiah came up with a big contribution as he won a free-kick then scored a header following it to make sure United did not lose their third away game on the trot.
Once again they had more possession, double the efforts on goal of their opponents, but somehow found themselves one down until Nketiah’s vital contribution three minutes from time.
The England under 21 striker now has five goals this season - one more than Bamford from almost two thirds less game time, leading to a clamour from fans for him to be given a starting role against Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday.
Head coach Bielsa would not be drawn on the prospects of Nketiah getting in ahead of Bamford, but said: “Bamford is a great player. Nketiah is too. I want both of them to be a success this year.
“If one of them has success, I will not take advantage of the other one. But this process lasts nine months and we have 46 matches or 50 matches. “We are in the 25 per cent of the competition. We have time in the future so I can find a way both of them will shine. If this doesn’t happen it’s not going to be a mistake of mine. “In the last press conference I said if Nketiah is not a success here it’s my fault. It’s the same with Patrick. I am trying to make this work.
“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. 
“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.” 
The first half saw lots of endeavour, but not a huge amount of excitement as it ended goalless.
With Preston playing a pressing game it was