Bristol Live have claimed that Eddie Nketiah is to return to Arsenal within the next 48 hours despite being handed his first start for Leeds United on Sunday afternoon – and Bristol City are favourites to land the England Under-21 international.
Nketiah, 20, was one of six loan signings made by Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa in the summer – despite the EFL ruling that any side can only name five on-loan players in a matchday 18. The Arsenal star has played 18 times for Leeds.
However, only three of those have come from the start – and Sunday was his first go from the first whistle in the Championship. Arsenal are unimpressed with his lack of action, and the Gunners are now keen for him to return and get a chance elsewhere.
Nothing has been confirmed, but the report claims Nketiah will return to north London in the next 48 hours. Bristol City are leading the queue, while Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are also interested in the striker.
TBR’s view – Bielda’s stubborness punished by Nketiah leaving
Had Bielsa given Nketiah a chance earlier on in the season – he was set to start before suffering an abbductor injury – Leeds might have been in with a chance of keeping the striker. Now, it looks unlikely.
With the striker leaving Elland Road, Bielsa’s stubborness and tactical ridgidity in which has seen Patrick Bamford start above Nketiah, has ultimately proved the reason for the striker’s exit. Leeds will now have to replace him.