It’s all over.
Eddie Nketiah has played the final game of his loan spell for Leeds United as Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his post-match press conference that the striker will be recalled by Arsenal.
Strangely, he started his final match for the Whites, and according to the manager that wasn’t down to the injury Patrick Bamford struggled with before the Birmingham clash, it’s due to the fact he was impressed by Nketiah at St Andrew’s.
“He played today because he did well against Birmingham,” Bielsa said (Via Phil Hay’s Q&A session on The Athletic).
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We’re not going to question Bielsa’s judgement, but we have to question his honesty as the 20-year-old’s showing against the Blues was nothing remarkable.
Despite the Whites finding the net five times against Pep Clotet’s side, Nketiah failed to score or assist during that encounter.
So with Bamford back fit, and Nketiah set to go back to Arsenal, why did the Argentine start the youngster in one of the most important fixtures of Leeds’ season?
The striker will have known his fate at kick-off with the manager confirming the news just minutes after the final whistle, and it had also been reported days before, so you can imagine that he wasn’t as focused as other players may have been, and it showed.
Bielsa made a mistake in playing the departing attacker in this match, and he has to take the brunt of the blame for that.