If you follow Ian Wright on social media, you’ll have noticed that he’s become very close with Arsenal Academy graduate Eddie Nketiah.
From travelling to Elland Road to watch the young striker in action for loan club Leeds United to excitedly celebrating his goals like a proud dad on Instagram and Twitter, the older statesman is obviously desperate for the young pretender to succeed.
As you can imagine, Nketiah seems chuffed to bits to have Wright – the Gunners second-highest scorer, as a mentor and friend.
“Wrighty is a top guy, you know,” Nketiah told Gaffer Magazine.
“We did a few shoots together, I think the first one was for a Crash Bandicoot launch and we both just grew fond of each other.
“I’ve always been a fan of Ian, he was a great player but, most importantly, he’s a great guy.
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“Growing up in similar areas, we can relate to each other. He was always open with me, giving me certain little tips and help. We’ve naturally grown closer from there. He shows good support.
“He even comes up to some of the games. It’s a great feeling knowing you have the backing and support from someone so influential like him.
“Mainly he gives feedback on the game he watches. He gives great tips and pointers about life as a striker, it’s more an arm around the shoulder. We talk about life as well, he’s very open.
“It’s just good to have that support from such a big striker in the game, especially one who is so humble and modest.”
Nketiah has five goals and an assist in 15 appearances this season for Leeds but he, and Wrighty, have been left frustrated by the fact most of his appearances have come off the bench.
That said, Nketiah has still be impressed by Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching philosophy and work ethic.
“It’s been a new experience,” said Eddie. “You get to see the level of detail and preparation which he puts in on a day-to-day basis. He’s really passionate about football. Above all else, he just loves the game.
“It’s been good to learn from him. It’s still very early stages, but hopefully I can continue to learn from him to get a bigger run of games and use his advice to help me in my career.”