Ray Parlour has told TalkSPORT that he does not believe Arsenal will recall Eddie Nketiah from Leeds United, despite the Gunners loanee yet to start a Championship match for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Nketiah, 20, has now scored five goals in all competitions for Leeds – three of which have come in the Championship despite the England Under-21 international yet to start a league game for Bielsa’s side. Nketiah scored after coming on, on Tuesday night.
Patrick Bamford continues to start ahead of the Arsenal loanee, with Bielsa of the belief that the former Chelsea man contributes more to play. But after eight league games without a goal, Bamford is in danger of being dropped.
With Nketiah yet to start in the league, there has been talk that Nketiah could be recalled by Arsenal but Gunners legend Parlour believes the young striker will remain at Elland Road – given the wealth of talent at The Emirates in attack.
“No,” Parlour said, when asked by Alan Brazil is Arsenal will recall Nketiah. “I think, at the moment, one place where Arsenal are pretty strong is up front. [Alexandre] Lacazette is fit again.
“Eddie is getting a bit of experience playing in the Championship which is a tough league. All he can do is keep scoring goals. Leeds have got a very good player in Eddie, and he could supply the goals to get them to the Premier League.”
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal recall Nketiah from Leeds?
The next couple of months will determine whether Nketiah will be recalled in January. Yes, Arsenal have a plethora of attacking talent up front, meaning Nketiah will struggle to play. But he can be loaned elsewhere.
If Leeds are to keep Nketiah, Bielsa needs to finally admit that Nketiah is offering more than Bamford and bring the Gunners academy product into the starting XI ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.