Leeds United’s pursuit of a striker isn’t going all that well after the latest updates indicate that they’ll be missing out on their top target Che Adams.
That leaves the Whites with less than two weeks to identify a player and negotiate a deal with their club, or else they’ll have just one senior striker for the rest of the campaign.
It may feel like a long time ago now, but Leeds were put into this predicament by Arsenal after they decided to recall Eddie Nketiah due to his lack of first-team football at Elland Road.
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At the time it seemed like a logical move from the Gunners, but the latest twist in this saga will likely have you questioning their thinking on this one.
In a bizarre twist of fate, David Ornstein from The Athletic has reported that the plan now is for Nketiah to stay at the Emirates for the remainder of the season.
This is an interesting development as it was thought that the young attacker would be headed out on loan once again as Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest were all reportedly interested in the forward.
Yet, the striker will now be staying in north London, something Leeds have every right to be incensed by.
Arsenal’s decision to recall Nketiah now doesn’t make a single lick of sense.
Both the player and the club reportedly weren’t happy with the amount of game time he was playing, and it’s hard to envisage him playing any more at Arsenal than he was doing at Leeds.
He’d surely be behind £52.7m man Alexandre Lacazette and Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order. Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli’s impressive record of scoring seven goals in seven appearances across the League Cup and Europa League may even be enough to put him above the youngster.
So why recall him? Working closely with Marcelo Bielsa, a man once hailed as the best coach in the world by the man who mentored Mikel Arteta is surely worth more than being a part of a huge squad. It’s also worth more than being coached by someone who has only been a full-time manager for less than a month.
It simply makes no sense, and Leeds have every reason to be furious with Arsenal for leaving them short up front.
In other news, Leeds may finally be about to replace Chris Wood.