Report: Arsenal make Eddie Nketiah call as Bristol City eye Leeds loanee

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on November 26, 2019 in Reading, England.

Eddie Nketiah has not started a Championship game for Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United and Premier League giants Arsenal aren't happy.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

Arsenal have been ‘angered’ by Eddie Nketiah’s lack of game time on loan at Leeds United, according to the Mail, and are set to re-call the England U21 striker in January before potentially sending him to Bristol City instead.

Nketiah has been a huge hit on the Elland Road terraces this season with his penchant for a dramatic late strikes earning him cult hero status in West Yorkshire.

The 20-year-old has scored off the bench against Brentford, Barnsley and Preston and it is not uncommon to hear Leeds fans chanting his name in unison whenever the 20-year-old is seen warming up on the touchline.

 

But therein lies the problem. Nketiah appears to have spent more time being put through his paces on the sidelines than he has on the pitch in recent months, with the striker failing to start a single Championship game under Marcelo Bielsa.

According to the Mail, Arsenal are far from happy with his bench-warming role and have already left Leeds in no doubt about their disappointment.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United after the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale, Preston on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

As a result, the Gunners are set to cut short Nketiah’s season-long loan spell next month before trying to find him a club where he would be handed a place in the starting XI.

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City lost summer signing Benik Afobe to a long term injury in September and, after failing to lure Nketiah to Ashton Gate earlier this year, the Robins are set to make another move.

“I think Eddie is a great player. If he goes on loan we want him to play football and get minutes otherwise they can maybe be here,” Arsenal’s interim coach Freddie Ljungberg said on Wednesday.

“I feel a bit sorry for him.”

Eddie Nketiah of England takes and misses a penalty during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier between England and Austria at Stadium MK on October 15, 2019 in Milton Keynes, England.

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