Signs encouraging for Leeds United, Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United during the pre-match warm-up

When was the last time Arsenal switched a loanee mid-season?

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United during the pre-match warm-up

Leeds United fans may have been worried by a report this weekend claiming Eddie Nketiah could switch loan clubs mid-season.

Bristol City remain interested, with Nketiah yet to start a Championship game, The Sun report.

But should Leeds really be worried about Arsenal deciding to alter the arrangements made with the club?

Arsenal's recent history suggests not. 

 

Last season Arsenal loaned out nine players, and none of them switched clubs mid-season.

In 2017/18 Arsenal only had one player who changed clubs during the campaign on loan. This was young striker Stephy Mavididi, whose loan at Preston North End had been due to expire in January.

After an unsuccessful stint he dropped down from the Championship into League One with Charlton Athletic.

A year earlier it was just Jon Toral in the same situation, with his loan at Spanish side Granada cut short, for a second half of the season loan to Rangers.

Yaya Sanogo of Ajax in action during the third qualifying round 2nd leg UEFA Champions League match between Ajax Amsterdam and SK Rapid Vienna held at Amsterdam ArenA on August 4, 2015 in...

In 2015/16 Yaya Sanogo saw his loan at Ajax end early, and he headed to Charlton for the last few months of the season.

In short, Arsenal rarely change their loanees' clubs mid-season, and only do so if the player is changing division or country.

Nketiah has not shown yet that he should be playing above Championship level, and he certainly shouldn't be below it.

If he does not play regularly between now and January, then the Gunners might have  to reconsider, but the youngster will likely get his chance.

And if he is chosen to move on, it's more likely Arsenal will look to loan him abroad than send him to Bristol City or another Championship side.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal before the pre-season friendly match between Angers and Arsenal at Stade Raymond Kopa on July 31, 2019 in Angers, France.

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