According to an article in The Athletic, Leeds United are stressing that Arsenal may recall Eddie Nketiah in January, but the reason is not the first one that comes to mind.
Eddie Nketiah has gone to Leeds to show that he’s good enough for Arsenal. How he does that, as a striker, is by scoring goals.
So that’s what he’s done.
Two goals and one assist in four Championship games have been supplemented by two in two in the EFL Cup, three in two games for their u23s and two in two for England’s u21s during the recent international break.
He can do little more. On average, he’s scoring a goal every 62 minutes.
His goals, however, don’t tell the full story.
He’s yet to play even 30 minutes in a single league game for Marcelo Bielsa and has scored his two goals in just 78 minutes of football.
Hearing that Leeds are concerned Arsenal will recall him, you might be fooled into thinking they want to add him to their own squad given how quickly he’s adapted in the Championship but it’s his lack of minutes that has Leeds concerned – they reportedly think Arsenal will not be happy with how much football Nketiah is getting.
They needn’t worry. There are no plans to recall him before the end of his loan spell. He has been sent to Leeds to appreciate what life is like in the real world. He is guaranteed nothing and everything he gets, he has to earn. Besides, he can only be recalled for a lack of playing time if he fails to meet specified targets.
Bielsa is no fool. He’s considered one of the most influential managers in the game and Nketiah is in good hands at Leeds.
There’s no need for anyone to worry…