This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds brought in two much-needed new faces on transfer deadline day last Thursday.
First through the door arrived goalkeeper Illan Meslier on loan who comes in as Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s replacement.
Acting as Kemar Roofe’s, however, will be Eddie Nketiah.
The 20-year-old Arsenal man became their second deadline day loan signing after the club beat the likes of Swansea and Bristol City to his signature.
It was quite the capture for Leeds with the Gunners initially having little desire to send him elsewhere.
But now he’s arrived, what can he bring?
Nketiah has a fabulous goalscoring record at youth level, netting 46 times for various academy teams at Arsenal.
He is a natural finisher and after Leeds were left staring at just one striker among their ranks, he is a valuable addition.
Yet, he could prove to be incredibly beneficial for two of Leeds’ most creative players in Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez.
This is because of the hard work and runs Nketiah makes, something that has become a major trait of his play at Arsenal.
Only this summer, The Mirror claimed he’d been working on his physique and power in an attempt to bulk up whilst Football London hailed him for his runs into the channels against Fiorentina, a game in which he scored.
It’s that final aspect that can get the most out of Hernandez and Klich because of their ability to play key passes, thus enabling Nketiah to get into the channels and run in behind regularly.
Last term, the former averaged three key passes per match whilst his Polish teammate managed 1.4, per WhoScored.
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With someone like the young loanee being able to make canny runs off the ball, it could well result in a clearer route to goal for the Whites.
Marcelo Bielsa has liked to cram plenty of creative options into a 4-1-4-1 formation but Nketiah could just be the person to enable them to get the best out of it.
After all, if players like Klich and Hernandez have someone making progressive runs in front of them, it’ll be of huge benefit to the whole attack.