As per a report from the Bristol Post, despite suggestions to the contrary, it is altogether unlikely that Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell with Leeds United will be cut short in January.
Nketiah’s career to date
Nketiah, a 20-year-old striker, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015, when he made the move across London from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
After spending two seasons in the club’s youth setup, Nketiah’s goalscoring exploits saw him first handed a chance to impress as part of the Gunners’ first-team panel in 2017.
The 7-time capped English U21-international, though, subsequently struggled to carve out any meaningful game-time.
Last season saw Nketiah manage 5 Premier League appearances as part of Unai Emery’s senior squad. All of these, though, came from the bench.
As such, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette firmly ahead of Nketiah in the centre-forward pecking order at the Emirates, the path to regular first-team minutes would likely have proven a difficult one to navigate for the 20-year-old once again this season.
As a result, it came as little surprise when, back in August, it was confirmed that Nketiah had made the move to the Championship, with Leeds United, for the 2019/20 campaign:
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 8, 2019
And the former Chelsea man subsequently went on to enjoy an impressive start to life at Elland Road:
Eddie Nketiah this season:
-3 goals in pre-season.
-Joins Leeds on loan.
-Scores on his U23 debut.
-Scores on his Championship debut.
-Scores on his League Cup debut.
-Called up to the England U21 squad.
-Scores for the England U21s.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) September 6, 2019
Nketiah has since gone on to find the net 4 times in 9 appearances across all competitions in Leeds’ colours.
However, to this point, the Arsenal loanee is actually yet to earn a single start in the Championship.
This has subsequently resulted in rumours beginning to mount that Nketiah’s spell at Elland Road could be cut short, with Bristol City ready to revive their summer interest in the hitman come January.
As per the aforementioned report from the Bristol Post, though, this, as things stand, looks a highly unlikely outcome.
Arsenal are said to hold an option to recall Nketiah following the turn of the year. However, there is no suggestion at this point that those in charge at the Emirates are leaning towards doing so.