Leeds United have been offered the chance to bring Eddie Nketiah back to the club following his loan move for the first half of the 2019/20 season.
The report says that the fee required would be £20m, which would be way too much for Nketiah. He is a good player but he is not established in the Premier League and is coming into the final year of his contract with Arsenal. Young English players do command a premium, but I would expect any move to be for a lower fee but with a substantial sell-on clause.
There is an argument for signing Nketiah. He is a talented player, who is a good finisher with enough pace to threaten in behind and over the half season under Marcelo Bielsa we saw an improvement in his work rate off the ball. If this was being rumoured at a much lower fee then it may be a chance worth taking, but Leeds won’t spend this sort of fee on a player who isn’t going to have a shot at starting any time soon.
Would rather have Gelhardt as back up than Nketiah tbh especially if we have to pay 20m for him https://t.co/esAzkMZ8cG— Joe (@lufcJoe_) June 5, 2021
Patrick Bamford will be the first choice striker next season, with Rodrigo as the main alternate option. They are followed by Tyler Roberts, Sam Greenwood, and Joe Gelhardt - all of whom I would be fine with if injuries took hold. Paying £20m for someone who would probably be third choice makes no sense.
I do expect Nketiah to be on the move this summer. He is sat on the bench not playing enough football, and Folarin Balogun’s decision to turn down several moves and stay at Arsenal makes me think Balogun will get the chance next year, pushing Nketiah down the order once again. Eddie Nketiah would be an excellent signing for a promotion chasing team in the Championship, but I think a team expected to battle relegation in the Premier League will go for him. Watford and Brighton are the two teams that come to my mind as favourites for the record England u21 goalscorer.
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