Gary Neville has been quoted by the Evening Post as saying that Eddie Nketiah’s decision to join Leeds United on loan from Arsenal is a good move for all involved – and discussed what Nketiah will do at the end of the loan.
The 20-year-old made his debut for Leeds on Tuesday night, breaking the deadlock as Leeds claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over League Two side Salford City in the Carabao Cup. Gaetano Berardi and Mateusz Klich also scored.
England Under-21 international Nketiah is being eyed by Leeds fans as the man to finally convert the huge number of chances that Patrick Bamford continues to spurn. One goal in one game has certainly encouraged Leeds fans.
Neville and five other class of ’92 Manchester United icons all own 10% each of Salford, and the former England defender commented after the 3-0 win on Nketiah – claiming he will return to Arsenal at the end of the loan deal.
“It’s a win, win, win, win all the way through for Nketiah. Ultimately it looks like a great loan signing for him. Leeds United will be hoping it pays off for them. It started well tonight,” Neville told Sky Sports, as quoted by the YEP.
“Ultimately he will want to go back to Arsenal and play in their first team.”
TBR’s view – Neville bang on, but Leeds fans must enjoy the now
The undoing of Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season was the club’s inability to put the ball in the back of the net.
Kemar Roofe only scored 15 times, while Bamford struggled with injury and failed to get any momentum going. Leeds need a goalscorer that can reach 25 or more this season.
Nketiah has that potential. Though his goal against Salford was a tap-in, his movement inside the penalty area earned Leeds the goal and that is something that has been missing. He will return to Arsenal, but Leeds must enjoy his presence now.