‘He’s ready and needs to play!’ – Arsenal legend hopeful this youngster is granted loan spell
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the club to allow striker Eddie Nketiah to go out on loan for first-team action next season, following reported interest from Swansea City. Indeed, even more recently, Bristol City have also been linked by the Bristol Post.
20-year-old Nketiah spent last year on the fringes of the Arsenal first team, making just three starts all season after seeing a loan move to Bundesliga outfit Augsburg fall through in the January transfer window.
And that formed part of Wright’s frustration, as the youngster has showcased his talent for the Gunners in pre-season with three goals as Arsenal prepared for the upcoming campaign with wins over the likes of Bayern Munich and Fiorentina.
According to WalesOnline, Swansea are thought to be interested in making a temporary move for Nketiah – and following reports breaking of interest from the Championship club, Wright laid out his frustrations with this post on Twitter:
Loan needs to happen. He’s ready and needs to play! Loan to Germany should have happened last season. It’s my worry for all younger ones – if we don’t start well they getting no time!!!!
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 5, 2019
Nketiah has only made 19 appearances since making his Arsenal debut in 2017 under former boss Arsene Wenger, while the club allowed other youngsters such as Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson to go out on loan last season.
However, the striker has been granted a new squad number at the club, which may suggest plans from Unai Emery to integrate Nketiah further into the first team, as he followed the likes of Nelson and Joe Willock in being given a new number ahead of the new season.
Although it may be a tall order for Nketiah to force his way into the starting XI as backup for the free-scoring duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who netted in the Gunners’ recent defeat to Barcelona – and Alexandre Lacazette, with the Arsenal strikers notching a combined 50 goals last season.
Therefore, Wright could be justifiably concerned about Nketiah’s potential game time as the deadline for Premier League and Championship clubs looms.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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