Date: 2nd January 2020 at 7:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Loads of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after The Athletic’s Phil Hay shared an update on Marcelo Bielsa’s chase for a new striker.

The club are back in the hunt for a new centre-forward after Arsenal recalled Eddie Nketiah, having not been satisfied at the amount of game time Bielsa had offered the England U21 international.

Bielsa awarded Nketiah only his second league start for the Whites when we faced West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day, but hauled the youngster off at the break for Patrick Bamford, leaving the Gunners product with just 500 minutes of Championship football to his name this season.

Why did Nketiah fail to establish himself with Leeds?

Different style

Different style

Not good enough

Not good enough

The boss and Director of Football Victor Orta will now analyse the situation of only having Bamford as a recognised senior striker, while seeing what options are available in the January window and whether they would face the same challenges to adapt that thwarted Nketiah.

Speaking after Wednesday’s draw with West Brom, via quotes by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa said: “We need to analyse also the physical level of the player who is coming, if he is playing or not, and if this player fits to our style or we need to make some adaptations.”

According to The Athletic’s Hay, Bielsa also offered some concern over Nketiah’s departure creating further issues for the club, as the Argentine feels it may now be more challenging to attract strikers to Elland Road given Bamford is the undisputed first-choice.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Hay’s update…

In other Leeds United news, the club’s rumoured plans to sign a £1.8m-rated striker have taken a dent following an update from his manager.

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