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Leeds United’s squad is packed full of loanees.
The Whites have six temporary players on the books at the moment, and while that strategy of loaning players seems to be working as multiple members are enjoying successful spells at Elland Road, there’s always a downside to using this strategy.
Indeed, loaning players leaves you open to having some of your key men recalled once the January transfer window opens, and there has been plenty of speculation around the possibility of that happening to one man.
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The journalist was asked about Leeds’ January transfer window and part of his response was about the possibility of Nketiah being recalled.
“The one issue here is Nketiah – will he stay or will Arsenal choose to recall him? He hasn’t played much and he’s missing a few weeks now through injury. If he was to leave, I’d absolutely expect Leeds to search for a replacement.” Hay wrote.
It seems that the main issue that could cause the striker to return to London is his lack of playing time, but Marcelo Bielsa shouldn’t change his plans in order to appease the player or his parent club.
The Argentine has rarely put a foot wrong since taking charge of Leeds last summer, and he shouldn’t allow his strategy to be affected by an unhappy striker who wants to play more.
If Bielsa thinks Patrick Bamford is the better option most weeks he’s probably right, and while that may frustrate Nketiah, the team’s pursuit of promotion has to come first.
After all, the manager’s faith in the former Middlesbrough paid off last time out as he bagged from the penalty spot, ending a run of ten games without finding the back of the net.
It’s clear the 64-year-old doesn’t trust Nketiah and that is unlikely to change while he has time off through injury.
For Nketiah, the water may now become even murkier in terms of his future at Elland Road.