Nketiah hopes for more game time after hat-trick for England

Author: Daily Mail
Eddie Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah hopes his England Under-21 hat-trick has sent a message to Marcelo Bielsa in a quest for games on loan at Leeds.

The Arsenal striker has five goals in three European Championship qualifiers after Tuesday's treble against Austria.

Nketiah has yet to start a Championship game for Leeds so far this season and is itching to prove his worth.

'It's been disappointing for me not to start in the league - I went there to play games and get games,' the 20-year-old said.

'It's still early days. I think every time I've come on a done well and shown why I should be playing.

'I feel like I probably haven't been given the chances I would have liked. I'm still one of the top scorers - if not the top scorer - in the team, with such limited time so I don't think I could do much more than that.

'I think the Austria game was a good statement and a good way for me to put across a performance and hopefully I'll be starting in the next run of games. I believe I'm good enough to be playing in the team.'

Nketiah also revealed that Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in regular contact with him.

'He messages me sometimes through Instagram,' he added. 'They are great guys at the club and I always try to stay in contact with them because they're my friends.

'Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are two of my closest friends in football, I always keep in contact with them if they do well or they message me if I do well. I think it's good to have that kind of support around you. It's important, you know, for people that you care about and that care about you.'