Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge has been discussing the chances of Leeds United potentially re-signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah after he rejected a new deal with the Gunners.
The Lowdown: Nketiah on the move?
The 22-year-old is struggling to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium, with Mikel Arteta opting for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette over him. In total, Nketiah has appeared just twice in the Premier League all season, playing only 30 minutes of action during those cameos.
The Latest: Bridge addresses Nketiah’s future
While it appears as though Leeds could potentially re-sign Nketiah if they so desire, with Bridge telling Give Me Sport that a move to a lower-ranked Premier League side may be on the cards, the journalist feels that the Whites may no longer be interested in the 22-year-old.
When asked if Leeds might go back in for the Arsenal forward, Bridge replied:
“Have they moved on now, have they moved on? They had him in the Championship, so maybe even they’ve moved on. He’s rejected a new contract and has no real future at Arsenal, so maybe a lower Premier League club or maybe even in the Championship.”
The Verdict: Potential Bamford backup
There may be doubts surrounding Nketiah’s ability at the very top level but Marcelo Bielsa has worked with him before and may believe that he has something to offer Leeds again.
The Arsenal marksman is still only 22, so it would be unfair to write him off so early in his career, and he could be viewed as a good deputy to Patrick Bamford, having scored 28 times in 40 appearances for the Gunners’ under-23s, as well as 15 times for their first team. Also, Arteta has previously hailed the youngster as “extraordinary for his age“.
It’s worth remembering that Nketiah is England under-21s’ top goalscorer of all time too, further highlighting why a return to Elland Road could be shrewd if Leeds were to decide that he is worth pursuing amid his contract impasse in north London.
In other news, Leeds are interested in signing a striker. Find out who it is here.
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