Report: Bristol City leading chase for Nketiah

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Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are amongst the frontrunners to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan for the rest of the season, according to The Athletic (£).

The England under-21 international, recalled from a season-long spell at Leeds United at the weekend because he wasn’t getting enough game time, was the subject of a series of ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitches from clubs across Europe in the summer.

He seemed to be on the verge of a move to Ashton Gate before Unai Emery, Per Mertesacker and loan manager Ben Knapper signed off on the move to Elland Road. The Robins appear to be favourites this time around.

Mikel Arteta said last week that he’d sit down with the 20-year-old to discuss his options.

There must have been some temptation to retain Nketiah given his goal-scoring prowess and the fact we have games in three competitions on the horizon, however, it makes sense in the long-term to maximise his exposure to regular first team football. He wasn’t part of either squad as Arsenal beat Leeds 1-0 at the Emirates last night.

Bristol City are currently 11th in the Championship, three points shy of the playoff places. Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday are fourth and eighth respectively.

David Ornstein says a decision on Nketiah’s next club is expected in the next 48 hours.

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Kostas
Kostas

It’s a tricky one. Given Laca’s recent form I would be tempted to keep him around. Unless we find a team that plays him week in week out

Db412
Db412

Don’t get why he wasn’t starting every week at Leeds bearing in mind how Bamford played last night – different class

Badaab
Badaab

He’s 20. He’s behind Martinelli in the pecking order of ‘youth strikers’ at our club, and doesn’t have the pace to play on the wing. A loan makes sense to develop him for next season, regardless of how Lacazette is playing at present.

Scott Martin
Scott Martin

Bristol City need a #1 striker, he’d play most, if not all games there!

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

That team we played against last night looked like they could do with a classy finisher like Nketiah…!

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

No, a striker’s main purpose is not to score goals but to hold up play ala Bamford ??‍♂️

Gareth Glyn
Gareth Glyn

The guy with 10 league goals this season? Really not a bad return for someone who links up the play so well. Leeds completely dominated us for 45 minutes and Bamford was heavily involved in the pressing and possession.

Let’s not pretend that Nketiah should just walk into that team because he finished a few chances early in the season.

He’s clearly a talented player and would score a lot of goals in the Championship if given the opportunity, but we made a mistake loaning him to a team with such a strong squad. It’s ok though, I’m sure he learned a lot and we’ll give him to a more suitable team for the 2nd half of the season.

Dave cee
Dave cee

The best strikers do both

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

That’s only for teams with lords of the wings like mane salah ronnie etc or va va voom box bombers. Leeds have none of those.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Forest, Bristol then Wednesday in that order of preference for me – love to see all three in the EPL

Santori
Santori

Would be good for his development. With potentially losing Auba in the summer (or even Laca), we could well do with other potential solutions from within.

A number of other players for me can benefit from further strong loans.

Mavropanos for one. He has yet to convince and has been on periphery. He needs exposure (and not at our expense at the moment)

Smith-Rowe also slightly peripheral this season could do with regular playing time particularly as most of the more preliminary competitions start to wean off and we still have Ceballos to come back into attacking midfield not to mention Willock to add competition in that position to Ozil.

On evidence yesterday though, I’d be careful with Cback. We have way too many Cbacks but now Calum is long term out and Holding looked pretty poor frankly (ring rust). Mavropanos not quite ready leaves Sokratis and Luiz. Mustafi still hanging on by a thread but we may need him.

I think we have a couple of other solutions to explore this window.

1) To bring in Saliba early. He is also a relatively unproven quality with only 19 senior games last season and out with injury this season.

2) Maybe we can get Emre Can (on loan) to further reinforce midfield (should either of Granit or Torreira go out). He’s a player that can also offer some utility at Cback.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

We can’t play Abu and Laca every game, and what if one gets injured? We should keep him on the bench.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

We’ve got that brazilian bloke who’s bloody amazing…

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

Having seen a lot of City over the last few years I would recommend them. They play good football and have previously done well with loan players (see Tammy Abraham from 2 years back). Plus Bristol is an awesome city.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

This is true. Bristol is awesome!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Just stick it in the contract that he must play at least 45 mins in every game that he’s fit or something like that, or they get fined like 500k or 1 mil per game.

Vonnie
Vonnie

He should have gone to Bristol in the first place, they really wanted him, he would have played a lot of games by now. Leeds execs may have won the presentation but I don’t think their manager ever really wanted Eddie.