It’s been confirmed that Eddie Nketiah will spend the upcoming season on loan with Leeds United.
The England under-21 international was reportedly wanted by a host of Championship clubs including Bristol City and Swansea City, as well as German side Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Speaking about the striker prior to the deal, Leeds boss Marco Bielsa said:”Nketiah is a young, important player in English football.
“He’s a player with a very good reputation with other football people. He can be an important player in English football according to others.”
Nketiah, who was recruited to the club’s Academy in 2015 when he was released by Chelsea, came to prominence in December 2017 when he grabbed a match-winning debut brace off the bench against Norwich City in the League Cup.
He was immediately rewarded with a new long-term deal and has made a further 18 appearances for the first team, scoring once in the Premier League on the final day of last season at Burnley.
While he netted in pre-season matches with Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, he’ll likely benefit from playing senior football on a regular basis. It looked like he might get that chance last January when Bundesliga outfit Augsburg made an approach but the deal was scuppered by Unai Emery at the last moment.
In his absence, Gabriel Martinelli and Tyreece John-Jules will likely get game time in the Europa League and League Cup as back-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette.
Good luck, Eddie. We’ll be following your progress.