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Michael Owen offers thoughts on Eddie Nketiah and compares him to Ian Wright

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Michael Owen offers thoughts on Eddie Nketiah and compares him to Ian Wright

Wright appears to be taking a keen interest in Nketiah’s progress.

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has given his thoughts on Leeds United loanee Eddie Nketiah to BT Sport.

Owen has clearly heard good things about the hitman – and compares him to legendary Arsenal hitman Ian Wright – but also outlines an area to improve.

He said: “23 goals in 26 games for England at all levels, he’s already scored three goals for Leeds, obviously on loan from Arsenal. This lad looks as if he’s a real top player.

“I was speaking to Ian Wright about him the other day – only because people keep telling me he plays like Ian Wright, on the shoulder of the last defender, he likes running in behind, he scores goals. Maybe he could improve his hold-up play.”

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TBR’s View – Nketiah can go on to be the top scorer in the Championship this season

It was interesting to compare Nketiah with the other strikers in the England Under 21 squad, Rhian Brewster and Mason Greenwood.


That pair are just as talented and highly rated as Nketiah but he’s the one who has gone out on loan and is getting regular football.

That means his hold-up play will improve quicker – because he’s playing every week in games that matter. And his eye for goal is as good as Tammy Abraham’s, and he wrecked havoc in the second tier last season.

Owen is right to be excited about Nketiah and the comparison with Wright, who won 33 caps for England, is apt – and it also seems as if the Arsenal legend is helping the young hitman every step of the way.

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