Ian Wright invited to Bristol City after influencing Nketiah's Leeds move

Ian Wright during the  World Cup Women  match between Norway  v England  at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France

Bristol City missed out to Leeds United for Eddie Nketiah.

Ian Wright during the  World Cup Women  match between Norway  v England  at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France

Bristol City wanted to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah over the summer, but ended up missing out to Championship rivals Leeds United.

On deadline day in August, the Robins were pipped by Leeds in the race to take Nketiah on a season-long loan deal, leaving City to sign Benik Afobe instead.

Nketiah has scored four goals for Leeds in all competitions, but is yet to actually start a Championship game having been kept out by Patrick Bamford so far.

 

That has frustrated some Leeds fans, and seemingly given Bristol City new hope of a January deal for the 20-year-old attacker.

The Sun claimed last weekend that Bristol City want to go back in for Nketiah, seemingly hoping Arsenal will cut his loan short and send him to Ashton Gate as a result of his limited playing time this season.

That seems unlikely, but Lee Johnson is leaving no stone unturned, and has even invited Arsenal legend Ian Wright down to Ashton Gate to help the cause.

Wright helped convince Nketiah to pick Leeds, acting as something of a mentor to the young striker, and Johnson seemingly wasn't too happy about his influence.

Leeds United's Eddie Nketiah during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on September 21, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Johnson has now admitted to Bristol Live that Wright will visit the club for an Under-23 match against Crystal Palace, hoping to show him what the club is all about and help him convince other players to join them in the future, which is fascinating given those new Nketiah rumours.

“He is coming to the Crystal Palace game so we've arranged that,” said Johnson. “Unfortunately, he couldn't make it the day before because he had prior arrangements but I think he was keen to come and watch us play.”

“At that point, I'll definitely get him in the office and we'll have a little chat and hopefully sell him the dream as well, because if there's any future players that want to ask Ian Wright's opinion, it's important that he knows what we're about,” he added.

Lee Johnson, Manager of Bristol City reacts prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Milwall and Bristol City at The Den on April 30, 2019 in London, England.

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