Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah is set to join Championship side Leeds United on loan for the 2019/20 season.
Sky Sports News and BBC Sport report that the 20-year-old striker is to link up with Marcelo Bielsa for the season after Nketiah enjoyed a successful pre-season with the Gunners, scoring three times for Unai Emery’s side against the likes of Fiorentina and Bayern Munich.
Nketiah was expected to remain at the club for the season to serve as backup for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (per the Sun).
Although Nketiah was able to score his first Premier League goal for the Gunners last season, it was ultimately a disappointing year for the promising striker.
Nketiah’s goal against Burnley was his only senior goal last season, and to add insult to injury, the forward was denied a January move to Augsburg on loan as an ankle injury to Danny Welbeck forced Emery to keep the striker in case of an injury to Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (per Football London).
With the England youth international scoring nine goals and assisting four in 10 Premier League 2 games last season (per Transfermarkt), following on from a year where Nketiah scored 12 in 13 appearances in the development league (per Transfermarkt), the Arsenal youngster is ready for the step up into senior football on a regular basis.
Of course, starting ahead the likes of Lacazette and Aubameyang was always going to be a difficult task for Nketiah, and with the youngster heading into a stage in his career where he should be playing regular first-team football, Emery has done the right thing changing his decision about loaning the striker out.
With Kemar Roofe now at Anderlecht, Leeds have room for an extra striker in their squad, and with a manager like Bielsa at the helm, Nketiah will be joining an ideal club to continue his development as well as earn valuable first-team minutes for the season.
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