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Opinion: Leeds should seek to loan in Nketiah to bolster their attacking force

Opinion: Leeds should seek to loan in Nketiah to bolster their attacking force

Leeds have already improved their attacking force from last season by bringing in Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough this summer.

Despite the arrival of the striker from Boro though, Leeds’ attacking contingent still lacks quality depth.

As things stand, Caleb Ekuban, who managed only 2 strikes in all competitions last season, is the most senior out-and-out centre-forward available as back up to Bamford at Elland Road. 

The Whites would be wise to add further to their forward line before time runs out this summer. However, the funds at Marcelo Bielsa’s disposal could be limited, likely meaning that any further recruitment in this area of the pitch would have to be on a loan basis.

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah would be the perfect striker for Leeds to target on a temporary agreement in this transfer window.

The Breakdown

Nketiah made his debut for the Gunners last season, and then scored a match-winning brace against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on only his second senior appearance for the club.

Despite his explosive start to life in red, the 19-year-old remains a long way off regular first team involvement at the Emirates Stadium, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez all ahead of him in the Arsenal pecking order.

More regular experiences of first team football would be beneficial to the England under-21 international at this stage of his career, and a drop down to Championship level would be the best way for him to gain that game time.

Nketiah would be a great back up option to Bamford at Leeds, and the youngster’s pace could be a potent weapon to introduce late on in games to stretch tired opposition defences. The promising Arsenal man is also effective in the air, comfortable on the ball, and a lethal finisher when through on goal.

If Leeds could seal a loan deal bringing Nketiah to Elland Road, then it should work out well for all involved. 

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