It’s been pretty much all anyone has been talking about for the past few months, but we’re now less than a week away from the January transfer window opening, and that means we could be close to finding out what Eddie Nketiah’s future has in store.
Indeed, Angus Kinnear confirmed this week in his programme notes that the club are still endeavouring to convince Arsenal that Leeds is the best place for Nketiah to develop, but he may have a hard time doing that for a couple of reasons.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 26, 2019
The first point comes in the quote just before he talks about Nketiah.
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Jack Clarke’s loan spell this season is a damning indictment of Bielsa’s handling of certain loan players, and with Nketiah still yet to start a league game it looks unlikely that he’ll become the first-choice at Elland Road anytime soon.
Another point is that working under Bielsa may not actually be the best thing for Nketiah right now.
It sounds preposterous as the Argentine has once been labelled as the best coach in the world, and although number of players have improved massively under the 64-year-old, his strikers really haven’t.
Patrick Bamford was the Championship Player of the Year once upon a time, and now he’s one of the most scrutinised players in the squad, and while Kemar Roofe was solid in his last season in Yorkshire, he didn’t undergo a huge improvement as he only netted four goals more than the season prior.
Actions speak louder than words, and if Arsenal have been keeping tabs on the above situations then it will be hard for Kinnear to convince the Gunners that Nketiah is at the right club – especially when he could well be pushing his way into first-team reckoning back at his parent club with a new manager in Mikel Arteta now at the helm.