Leeds United defeated Salford City 3-0 in the EFL Cup first round on Tuesday evening, with on-loan Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah bagging his first Whites goal on his debut.
The 20-year-old, who moved to Elland Road on Thursday, opened the scoring with some clever movement, which allowed him to comfortably tap in Helder Costa’s ball shortly before the break.
One man who was impressed with Leeds and Nketiah was Salford’s co-owner, Gary Neville.
The Manchester United legend, talking to Sky Sports, cited by Football London, was quick to praise the Whites and Nketiah, claiming the youngster’s move to Yorkshire looks to be a great decision.
Well if you’re going to go on loan I think, if you’re coming from a club like Arsenal, you want to go to a club that’s representative of what you’re going to face.
Ultimately he will want to go back to Arsenal and play in their first team.
So to go to Leeds United, who are a big club, play in front of a big crowd every single week, with real pressure on, expectation to go up this season, or every season for that matter in terms of getting promoted out of the Championship.
So you’re basically going to get exposed to a high level of football in a demanding environment at Leeds United where there’s going to be pressure on under a great coach.
It’s a win, win, win, win all the way through for Nketiah.
Ultimately it looks like a great loan signing for him. Leeds United will be hoping it pays off for them. It started well tonight.
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Nketiah was wanted by over 25 sides this summer, but the decision to link up with Marcelo Bielsa appears to be the right call.
The youngster made a bright start to his season-long loan stint in the week and he looks set to really mature as a player in the second tier.
He’ll be able to rival current first-choice striker Patrick Bamford at Elland Road for a regular starting spot in the coming months, and may also be demanded to adapt in various roles under the Argentine, something which will only benefit him in the long run.
It’ll be interesting to see how he copes over the next week, with Leeds due to take on Wigan Atheltic and Brentford, however, he’s certainly made a good first impression with the Leeds faithful.