EDDIE NKETIAH’S first league goal for Leeds fired them back to the top of the Championship.
The on-loan Arsenal superkid, 20, had only been playing for a matter of minutes when he and fellow sub Helder Costa combined in the 82nd minute, to the delight of Gunners legend Ian Wright.
Young gun Nketiah side-footed home and wheeled away to roars of “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” around Elland Road, with Wright, who was a spectator for the Wednesday night clash, filming himself joining in the chants.
The jet-heeled striker was brought in to bolster Leeds’ frontline — who had the worst chances-to-goals record in last season’s Championship.
And he did not let down beaming boss Marcelo Bielsa.
His clinical strike against a battling Brentford was enough to see Leeds leapfrog Sheffield Wednesday and return to the summit.
Just like last season’s flying start, Bielsa’s boys now have ten points from their opening four league games.
The pain of May’s spontaneous combustion will never be far away but, in Eddie, Leeds fans have a new hero.
Without him, Bielsa would have been left ruing a glut of missed chances.
The veteran Argie, 64, watched his side dominate for large parts but was again frustrated as they failed to capitalise.
Bielsa has already made much of their inability to finish off sides, even bemoaning it in his programme notes.
It appeared to be the same old story against a plucky Bees until Nketiah’s orange boots lit up the
And that will provide Bielsa with a welcome headache.
His faith thus far in Patrick Bamford has been rewarded with three goals in the opening three matches.
But former England Under-21s star Bamford still lacks Nketiah’s killer instinct.
Leeds had been sloppy from the off but gradually got into their stride after French winger Bryan Mbeumo gave them a 24th-minute scare.
His spectacular drive from 25 yards cannoned off the post for the visitors and was cleared to safety.
That sparked Leeds — and the game — into life. Poland ace Mateusz Klich went close with a volley down the throat of Brentford keeper David Raya.
Left-back Ezgjan Alioski, in for crocked Barry Douglas, then twice set up Bamford twice midway through the first half.
But his close-range headers went agonisingly wide and Lees must have feared it was just one of those nights until Nketiah’s late heroics.
Brentford played their part, though, and refused to sit deep like so many visitors.
Much had been made of the reception super Swede Pontus Jansson would receive on his return after a summer switch.
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The defender was left in no doubt just minutes after the start as the Elland Road faithful greeted his first touch with a chorus of BOOS.
Ambitious Leeds are among the favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League.
And far from buckling under the weight of expectation, they are relishing the chance to put things right. On this evidence, the ghosts of seasons past are gradually being laid to rest.
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