The moment of truth may finally be upon us. After weeks of speculation, it appears as though Eddie Nketiah could finally be on his way out of Elland Road.
With the transfer window due to open on Wednesday, the threat of Arsenal recalling the striker has become very real.
Since arriving at Elland Road, Nketiah has started a solitary league game, the 5-4 win over Birmingham a few days ago and he hasn’t scored for the Whites since October.
Even when Patrick Bamford went ten games without finding the net, the 20-year-old failed to work his way into the team so it’s a move that can only be described as pointless. That’s especially after Victor Orta worked so hard to bring the youngster to Yorkshire in the summer, taking a presentation to his parent club.
It was reported at the time that the Whites had agreed a multi-million-pound deal to land him with a loan fee and wages taking the deal to around the £4m mark. Considering he’s only been at the club until January, however, that fee would now be less.
The fact the club spent money to even bring him on loan has rattled some supporters on Twitter who were left dumbfounded that they brought him. These frustrations are understandable given Leeds’ battle with financial fair play.
Well this has gone well £3m for half a season we must have money to burn
— John Evans (@evans1951) December 30, 2019
Bravo Leeds, another business masterclass! 3m loan fee with a recall clause? Why didn’t we just go for Kent? Complete waste!
— James Jaffray (@jaffacakes1984) December 30, 2019
Great piece of business #lufc. Last season we had brown & spent whole season getting up to speed to which he is now producing. Now we waste time & effort on another loanee & we wouldn’t pay the money for Kent. Bravo 👏
— Mip (@mipsical) December 30, 2019
Other supporters had more immediate concerns with the fact that the loanee could torment Leeds in the FA Cup.
The Gunners take on Marcelo Bielsa’s men next Monday in the third round in what should be a close contest given Arsenal’s struggles. They’ve won just once in their last 15 and it would be typical if Nketiah came back to haunt his former side.
Whether or not new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would want to use him, however, is another debate entirely.
You know he’s going to play against us in the FA cup and basically rip us to shreds.. 🙈
— Brian Taaffe (@djbriantaaffe) December 30, 2019
Be the most Leeds thing ever if he plays against us in the cup for arsenal next week and scores the goal that puts us out 😩
— Danny Gibbons (@dannnygibbons) December 30, 2019
Further fans decided to lay into the forward for his efforts since he arrived for a temporary stay back in August.
Bamford started every game in the league this term until Leeds met Birmingham and for a period of time, the pair were tied for goals scored, having netted five each a few months ago.
Virtually impossible: Can you name the year all of these Leeds flops arrived at Elland Road?
The former Middlesbrough man has been hailed for his work rate this term and it’s that aspect of the game that Nketiah has failed to deliver in. He’s a very different striker, someone who likes to run in behind rather than aid his teammates more.
He was awful and lazy yesterday. Unless he gets the ball to his feet he ain’t interested. Doesn’t fit with what we do
— Adam Savage (@ASavage180) December 30, 2019
Cant say I’m surprised. For me he didnt buy into the work ethic. Not a patch on paddy imo
— Col (@col1984) December 30, 2019
But there was a different consensus among two other individuals on Twitter. Rather than pick faults with Nketiah, they were left rather gutted that he could be on his way back to Arsenal.
One fan said it would come back to bite them and given the fact they’ll be left with only one senior centre-forward, it’s hardly a surprise that verdict has been reached.
Even if he didn’t fit Bielsa’s style, he is a natural goal scorer, netting 11 in 20 in all competitions last season.
Seriously disappointed with this.
— Rob (@mightywhitesfc) December 30, 2019
Massive error, will come back to bite us big time imo.
— WeAllLoveLeeds (@AllLoveLeeds) December 30, 2019