Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Arsenal will recall young striker Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell. The 20-year-old has not been used regularly in the Championship thus far and has scored 3 goals in 16 appearances, most of which were from the bench.
However, Nketiah started the last two games for Leeds in the 5:4 win against Birmingham and the 1 all draw against promotion rivals West Brom, driving suggestions that Bielsa wanted to convince Arsenal to leave him be at Elland Road.
He was subbed off in the game against West Brom and was replaced by Patrick Bamford who scored the equalizer for Leeds. Bielsa went on to admit that it may have been his last game for Leeds.
“Yes, we know that he’s not going to continue with us,” Bielsa told reporters.
“We are sorry for this. It’s a pity for us, and of course for Arsenal and him, maybe he didn’t expect what we offer them.
“But we feel gratitude for him, the time he was with us.
“He’s a great player, an excellent professional. He had very good behaviour. A gentleman in every sense.
“We are grateful with him. Also to his family and his club, they developed Eddie with a very good education. For this reason it’s a pity he leaves us because we were happy with him.”
Hopes are high for Nketiah at Arsenal. It can be recalled that he scored his first Premier League goal for the Gunners in the final day of last season and also played major parts in cup competitions.
It remains to be seen if new boss Mikel Arteta will keep him or send him out on another loan to another Championship clubs as the young forward could be the subject of interests from other clubs.