It seems a long time ago since Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds United came to a premature end when Arsenal recalled the striker in January.
Nketiah, 20, was recalled on the basis that he hadn’t been earning much game-time but the young forward still managed to make 19 appearances in all competitions and score five goals.
It must have been the lack of starts in the Championship that led to Mikel Arteta cancelling his loan deal early as Nketiah started just two league matches before being recalled and both of those were in December and on New Years Day.
Since returning to North London, you must admit that Arsenal’s decision to recall Nketiah has been justified.
The England Under-21 international has made seven first-team appearances and scored three goals, one of which proving vital to a 3-2 Premier League win over Everton.
While Nketiah’s made an impact at the Emirates, Leeds have missed some of the impact he offered in the Championship.
According to stats by transfermarkt, only three more players in the Championship have scored more goals off the bench than he has this season.
Nketiah bagged three goals as a substitute for Leeds and only West Brom’s Charlie Austin (six), Huddersfield’s Juninho Bacuna and Cardiff’s Danny Ward (both four) have managed more this campaign.
Nketiah’s goal tally for Leeds in the Championship accounts for 50 per cent of all goals scored by subs this season. Tyler Roberts got two at Hull while Ezgjan Alioski has also helped himself to one and Nketiah even managed to get an assist as a substitute.
In 37 matches this season, there have been nine goal involvements by substitutes for Leeds but is only the 11th-best in the Championship.
As good as Leeds have been, they certainly lack in this area, which is one that West Brom have excelled in as Slaven Bilic has overseen a staggering 20 goal involvements by substitutes – a Championship best.
If Nketiah had stayed on at Leeds, would they rank higher in this chart?
It certainly might have helped them overcome their rough patch in January and February as the Baggies turned to impact players like Austin, Kamil Grosicki and Kyle Edwards to help grab the goals they needed.
Hopefully, once football resumes, Jean-Kevin Augustin can be that impact player but from what we have seen so far, he does not seem to have the ability to change matches in the way that Nketiah did.
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