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Report: Leeds star wanted by Championship rival in January after summer interest

According to a report from The Sun, Leeds United could face a battle to hold onto Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah in January, with Bristol City interested in poaching the striker.

The Whites appeared to pull off a major coup in the summer by landing Nketiah. The Sun reports that the Robins were also in for the 20-year-old, but he did not arrive for talks with Lee Johnson’s men.

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He has had a mixed time at Elland Road. He has scored four goals in nine appearances in all competitions. However, he is still awaiting his first league start for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

And The Sun reports that Bristol City are hoping that Arsenal may be tempted to activate the recall clause in his loan in January and send him to Ashton Gate for the second-half of the campaign.

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TBR’s View

Nketiah is somewhat unlucky that he is still awaiting his first league start. Bielsa tends to show enormous loyalty to the players who have a spot in his side.

And Patrick Bamford has certainly benefitted from that loyalty. He has not been prolific in recent weeks, but he has incredibly impressive.

Nevertheless, it would be a big surprise if Nketiah left Leeds for Bristol City in January. The Whites will surely not want to lose the England under-21 international, so perhaps Bielsa will be tempted to use him more prominently.

It would certainly look to be a massive error on Leeds’s part if they used him so sparingly that Arsenal decided that he would be better off with one of their Championship rivals, especially as they are going to struggle to land a better replacement.

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