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Marcelo Bielsa warned Leeds at ‘risk of losing’ Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah

Leeds United are at “risk of losing” Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah in January.

That is according to former Whites forward Noel Whelan, who believes the Premier League giants will be unhappy at the 19-year-old’s lack of time on the pitch.

Nketiah has yet to start a Championship fixture for Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa preferring Patrick Bamford as his lone striker.

Despite starting all 12 league games, Bamford only has four goals to his name while Nketiah has struck twice in eight substitute appearances.

Arsenal could send the hotshot on loan to a Championship rival, with Bristol City monitoring his situation.

Whelan believes Nketiah would get into the Robins’ starting XI but says he is best served by remaining at Elland Road.

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“There is the possibility he will be recalled in January,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Arsenal have loaned him out expecting him to get more game time than he has.

“The longer Bielsa stays faithful to Patrick Bamford, the bigger the risk of losing Eddie Nketiah.

“Personally, I think he should stay at Leeds. But there’s no doubt he would be starting regularly at other teams, including Bristol City.

“But he is getting a better standard of team at Leeds and a better standard of coaching, which is more like the Arsenal way.

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“I know what players are like these days, patience isn’t one of their strong suits. We have a player hungry to play who thinks he should be in the team. How long will he be willing to bide his time on the bench?”

Nketiah will be on the bench once again for Leeds’ Championship clash against Preston North End at Deepdale this evening.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is unconcerned by the striker’s lack of game-time, however.

“Now is not the moment,” Emery said. “First I respect his coach and his decision. And I think he is going to play more, because he is going to deserve it.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/marcelo-bielsa-warned-leeds-risk-20692301

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