We understand that Eddie Nketiah will be recalled from #LUFC by #Arsenal in the next 48 hours. #BristolCity lead the chase for his signature, but competition from Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and another Championship side. Very good chance the Robins will land the forward.— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) December 30, 2019
The news is obviously disappointing from a Leeds perspective, as it leaves Leeds very short of options up front. Patrick Bamford will remain the starting option, but he will now be backed up by Wales international Tyler Roberts, and at a push wide player Jack Harrison.
Arsenal are set to recall Eddie Nketiah next month - he'll go back out on loan.— James Benge (@jamesbenge) December 30, 2019
Ryan Edmondson from the u23s, whom Marcelo Bielsa seems to be reticent to put in the first team squad, would also be an option to take the place on the bench. However, it is clear that Leeds would need to sign a striker and that could be a tough task.
We definitely need another striker if Nketiah departs. Bielsa doesn’t seem to fancy Edmondson and we can’t rely on just Bamford— White Knight LUFC (@WhiteKnightLUFC) December 26, 2019
It has been a tough situation to manage with Nketiah for Leeds. Patrick Bamford has had a good season and has therefore kept his place, the one time he was in poor form and was to be dropped, Nketiah got injured. Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t play with two up front very often so in the end Nketiah did not get enough football to convince Arsenal to keep Nketiah at Elland Road.
From an Arsenal perspective, obviously they want Nketiah to play more football and that will help his development. However, I would argue that Nketiah would develop more playing under Bielsa even when not playing as much than he would under Lee Johnson, but that is a judgement call for the Arsenal hierarchy to make.
Can’t help but feel the Nketiah situation was a strategic misstep by #LUFC. Orta’s enthusiastic PowerPoint to secure him was never reflected by Bielsa, who never appeared completely sold on him. We need to get the replacement right. Too much at stake.— The Square Ball (@TheSquareBall) December 30, 2019
If the reports are to be believed, and they are widespread, then it is likely Nketiah has played his last game in a Leeds shirt.