On transfer deadline day, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah moved to Leeds United on a one year loan deal, as reported by the Telegraph.
The 20-year-old Arsenal academy graduate will spend the season at Elland Road in the Championship. Unai Emery will be hoping that the youngster gets plenty of first team experience in his time with the Whites.
Nketiah is highly thought of at the Emirates Stadium. If he is able to impress in the second tier this season then he’ll return to north London ready to compete for a more regular place in the Arsenal team.
As for Leeds, they have secured themselves the services of an immensely talented youngster. Nketiah is a natural goalscorer, an attribute that he has demonstrated at every level of the Arsenal youth system. Once he has settled in at Leeds, he has the capacity to be prolific for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Bielsa himself is perhaps one of the major reasons that Nketiah is at Elland Road at all. It’s no secret that other clubs were interested in the forward, including Bristol City, as per the aforementioned report.
However, the Argentine coach commands huge respect in the game. Emery himself has previously stated that the Leeds manager is one of the “best coaches in the world”, as quoted by Dugout. The Arsenal boss therefore probably considers Bielsa the ideal mentor for Nketiah at this stage in his career.
Therefore, this is a deal that suits all involved. Arsenal have found a way to provide a talented prospect with regular first team football. Leeds have have found a replacement for Kemar Roofe, with the capacity to fire them into the title fight. Nketiah himself now stands a great chance of returning to his parent club a far better player than he left.