Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has admitted that he was keen to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah this summer, as he ended up signing for their Championship rivals Leeds United.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has admitted that he wanted to sign Eddie Nketiah this summer, who is on-loan at Leeds United from Arsenal.
The Championship boss has claimed that ’50 clubs’ wanted to sign the currently thriving and popular Leeds man, with Arsenal legend Ian Wright telling Johnson that he persuaded Nketiah to move to Elland Road.
Earlier on in the summer, Leeds lost Kemar Roofe to Belgian side Anderlecht, as they opted to replace one of their key players with highly-rated Arsenal youngster Nketiah.
Speaking to the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 Live (23/09/2019 at 8:40 pm), Johnson shared how he tried to sign Nketiah, with Wright responding to his comments.
“I always try to sign players now where’s there is the potential on bringing them in on a permanent,” Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The only one that hasn’t happened with is Tammy Abraham and we had a hot pursuit on Eddie Nketiah and that didn’t quite work out for us. Those are the two who we felt we wouldn’t be able to get on a permanent.
On whether he appreciates doing a presentation to Arsenal in order to sign Nketiah: “Not when you don’t get him.”
Wright then told Johnson: “I did tell Nketiah to go to Leeds. The thing about it is I said to him, ‘they can create and they have the crowds and everything’. I think that’s what he was attracted by.
Johnson responded: “I’m going to have to invite you down to Bristol City, aren’t I? I think Leeds are a fantastic club. They have a fantastic manager. By the way, there are 50 clubs that wanted Nketiah. That’s no disgrace.”
Whilst Nketiah has only started two games in all competitions since his move to Leeds, he has netted four goals for his club, including providing one assist [transfermarkt].
He is yet to start a Championship game for Bielsa, with Patrick Bamford being selected in front of him in the league games, as Leeds currently sit top of the table.
At the weekend, Leeds recorded a 1-1 draw with Derby County despite Bielsa’s side dominating the game, with Bamford missing a number of guilt-edge opportunities.