Eddie Nketiah is yet to start a single Championship game for Leeds United with Bristol City tipped to snatch the Arsenal loanee away from Elland Road.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has played down speculation that The Robins could swoop in and steal Eddie Nketiah away from Leeds United in the January transfer window, in quotes reported by Bristol Live.
It is no secret that Bristol City were interested in signing the Arsenal striker before he joined Championship rivals Leeds on loan in August.
And while Nketiah made a flying start to life at Elland Road, scoring four times in his first six games, the England U21 international has failed to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI with the much-maligned Patrick Bamford still the number one striker in West Yorkshire.
The Sun reported earlier in October that Bristol City were still hopeful that Nketiah would end the season at Ashton Gate with Arsenal holding the power to re-call the 20-year-old if they feel he isn’t developing as they would like at Leeds.
But Johnson has calmed the waters on Tuesday after filling a hole in his attack with the signing of free agent and former Barcelona man Rodri.
“For me, it’s about concentrating on the players that we’ve got and we’ve got a lot of bright, young talent coming through: Semenyo and Saikou Janneh,” said Johnson.
“At the moment (Nketiah) is an Arsenal player who’s currently on loan to Leeds and I presume that’ll be the way it stays.
“If that situation changes, then of course we’ll look at it with a viewpoint in the market as it stands, but also depending how our young boys are developing and whether we can promote anybody from within.”
Nketiah, after scoring a hat-trick for England’s U21s against Austria last week, told the YEP that he was less than happy with life on the bench at Leeds but that is just the Bielsa way.
As Bamford himself discovered last season, it takes time for players to earn the Argentine’s trust and the fact that Nketiah was brought off the bench at half time against Birmingham City on Saturday suggests that Bielsa is more than aware of his ability to change a game.