Marcelo Bielsa says Eddie Nketiah will decide on January Arsenal return

Leeds United's manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

The Arsenal striker, Nketiah, is on a season-long loan with Leeds United.

Leeds United's manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that Eddie Nketiah will have the biggest say on whether the on-loan Arsenal striker will stay at Leeds United beyond the new year.

Nketiah is due to spend a full season at Leeds but has struggled to secure regular minutes, despite his encouraging goal tally. 

 

The 20-year-old missed the Whites' 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday with an abdomen injury and will continue to be assessed 'week-to-week' Bielsa told the club's official Twitter page earlier.

That has fuelled fears that Arsenal will try to recall Nketiah at the next available opportunity, in January, and Bielsa offered little reassurance.

"If he feels comfortable with us this is going to be the key (to whether he will) stay or not," the Argentine said.

Asked whether the England Under-21 star is comfortable at Leeds, Bielsa replied: "It's him that has to say this.

"We are in the same position as to when he arrived at Leeds.

"Our opinion about him is better than the initial (opinion) that we had before he arrived here. That was very good."

Leeds United's Edward Nketiah (left) competing with Sheffield Wednesday's Dominic Iorfa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough...

Patrick Bamford has continued as Leeds' first-choice centre forward this season, with Tyler Roberts and Ryan Edmondson acting as cover for the £7 million man and Nketiah.

Nketiah is highly-regarded by those associated with Arsenal, including the former Gunners striker Ian Wright, and is said to have spurned a number of rival suitors in favour of a move to Elland Road.

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