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Leeds sign Eddie Nketiah on season long loan from Arsenal

The England youth international will be a direct replacement for Kemar Roofe this season.

Burnley FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Leeds United have finalised the signing of England U21 international Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal.

Nketiah burst onto the footballing scene in 2017, scoring just 15 seconds after coming off the bench against Norwich City in the League Cup. He then scored again in Extra Time to give Arsenal a 2-1 win.

The 20-year-old Striker scored his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018/19 season, scoring a stoppage time goal in a 3-1 win against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The forward has a good record with the England youth sides scoring 21 goals in 25 games across the U18/19/20/21s.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa talked up the signing in his press conference saying he can become “one of the important players in English football”.

Leeds are said to have beaten a lot of competition for the signing, the strongest of which came from fellow Championship side Bristol City - who at one point were strong favourites to secure the signature of the player and Fortuna Dusseldorf.

It has been said that Victor Orta made a strong case in person for Leeds to be the Nketiah’s destination, using his relationship with Unai Emery, whom he worked with at Sevilla.