It seems as though Eddie Nketiah is going to be recalled by Arsenal now the January transfer window has opened.
Of course, we’ve known for some time that Nketiah being recalled would see Leeds spring into action in the transfer window, but it seems as if they’re looking at bringing in a man who would have many of the same issues as the Arsenal loanee.
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Indeed, reports on Twitter indicate that Leeds are weighing up Billy Sharp as a replacement for the 20-year-old, but surely this isn’t a good idea.
One reason why Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t handed Nketiah much of a chance this term is due to the fact he doesn’t do as much work as Patrick Bamford when it comes to creating chances and working off the ball.
Sharp has never been known to be someone to press a backline, he’s averaged just 0.1 interceptions per game for his past three seasons, and he’s also not the most creative as he has just ten assists to his name over the past seven campaigns.
Bielsa’s team requires runners, and while it’s an affectionate term from the fanbase, a man whose own Twitter bio describes himself as a “Fat lad from Sheffield,” simply won’t put the miles in that other strikers might.
Is Sharp an excellent striker at this level? Undoubtedly. His goal record speaks for itself as he scored 23 goals last season for Sheffield United, but there probably isn’t a bigger mismatch in this league when it comes to a great player coming into a system that just doesn’t suit him.