According to numerous reports, Arsenal will recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Leeds United in January because the striker is not playing enough.
It sounds as though the England under-21 international will be made available to other clubs with Bristol City, one of his suitors in the summer, leading the chase.
Nketiah has scored five goals and made one assist in 18 appearances for the Elland Road outfit; a tidy return. However, he’s played just 618 minutes; the equivalent of just under seven full games.
Leeds United made a big effort to seal the loan signing of Nketiah ahead of interested parties from across Europe. Not only did they make a detailed PowerPoint presentation to loan manager Ben Knapper, but they also paid a hefty fee, on which they won’t get a refund.
The idea was that Nketiah would start regularly, snaffle goals left, right and centre (which he kinda has every 123 minutes) and return to the Emirates a more complete player ready to take over from Messrs Auba and Laca.
From what we can gather, Nketiah’s goal-poaching tendency, while useful, isn’t what Marcelo Bielsa values in a striker. Indeed, more often than not, the Argentine has preferred Patrick Bamford, a player recognised for his build-up play.
Leeds are currently top of the Championship level on points with West Bromwich Albion, who they play on New Year’s Day. It’s unclear if Nketiah will play a role in the match. The Athletic’s Leeds aficionado, Phil Hay, claims the Gunners are yet to relay their intentions.
Coincidentally, we were drawn against Leeds in the FA Cup and play them on 6 January.
Personally, we’d play Nketiah and let him score against them even though that would mean he couldn’t go on loan elsewhere. But that’s because we hate Leeds. They suck balls and we hope they miss out on promotion. Again. ?