Arsenal are reportedly considering cutting Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds short amid concerns over his playing time.
The 20-year-old is yet to play 90 minutes in the Championship for Leeds this season with Patrick Bamford currently Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred option.
Nketiah has managed four goals in eight games for the club despite being restricted to substitute and cup appearances, and now faces an uncertain future at Elland Road.
Arsenal are ‘considering cutting Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds short’ due to lack of playing time
According to The Sun, Bristol City will be offered a second chance to sign Nketiah, having missed out on his signing in the summer, should Arsenal decide to terminate his loan at Leeds.
Arsenal have the option to recall the striker in January and will activate the clause if Leeds continue to deprive him of regular first-team action.
Arsenal understand Bristol City would still be interested in signing Nketiah despite the player rejecting them in the summer in favour of joining Leeds.
The Gunners are keen for Nketiah to gain valuable experience this season after he ignored Unai Emery’s pleas to stay at the club.
Patrick Bamford (left), pictured in action against Millwall, is currently Leeds’ first-choice striker
Nketiah could not be guaranteed regular football at Arsenal and so asked to be loaned out with a view of returning next season as a contender for a starting berth.
‘The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence boosting for me that he had me in his plans,’ The striker said recently.
He added: ‘I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.
‘There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.’
Nketiah, 20, has scored four times in eight appearances for Leeds so far this season