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For much of the transfer window, it didn’t look as though Leeds would sign a new striker.
It had been a timid and tedious period for the Whites who endured a pre-season where firepower looked limited and the defence looked nervy.
Considering their playoff campaign it was hardly a surprise.
Yet, Marcelo Bielsa’s men bounced back with an opening day win in the Championship. Buoyed by that victory, they’ve now signed Eddie Nketiah on loan, someone who may just be ready to take the Championship by storm.
Signing a centre-forward will likely come as huge relief to Victor Orta and the top officials at Leeds.
Following the departure of Kemar Roofe it left the club with just one striker in Patrick Bamford. He was a player who missed 22 matches through injury in 2018/19 so relying simply on him would have been foolish.
Leeds have again entered the loan market, however, and come up trumps with a player who looked like he may have been in Unai Emery’s first-team plans at Arsenal ahead of the new term.
The Spaniard previously ruled out a loan move for him, suggesting he may have the qualities to succeed in the Premier League behind Arsenal’s mainstays in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The very fact that he’s been moved to the Championship after the pre-season he’s had shows he could take it by storm, though.
After all, this is a player who has been in tremendous form, showing crafty movement to score in a win against Bayern Munich.
He also scored against Fiorentina, however, demonstrating his wonderful ability with the ball at his feet. Taking the ball in his stride, he turned the defender with ease before calmly finding the back of the net from close range.
His attitude and desire against Barcelona, meanwhile, almost bagged him a goal inside the Nou Camp, only for the defender to win a foul.
The fact is that Nketiah is already in goal scoring form and won’t come to Elland Road short on confidence.
This is a player who looks ready for regular first-team minutes and he won’t have many people ahead of him in the pecking order at Leeds. It seems a perfect setting for the young striker.
For both parties, this is a loan move that can prove extremely beneficial.