Let’s be honest, Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds United was a failure for Arsenal with the Premier League club recalling the striker in January.
Nketiah, 20, made 19 appearances for the Whites in the first half of the season but started just twice in the Championship and that clearly made Arsenal’s mind up to terminate the striker’s temporary deal in the winter.
The England Under-21 international scored some important goals at Elland Road but unfortunately, it just didn’t work out as well for him as what Marcelo Bielsa and Mikel Arteta intended when they agreed the season-long loan in the summer.
Leeds, though, seem to be unperturbed in trying to sign players on loan from Arsenal as ESPN have reported the Whites are hot on the heels of young goalkeeper James Hillson.
Hillson, 19, is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners but it is understood he’s been handed a new contract and has trained with Arteta’s first-team this week.
Clearly, he is someone who Arsenal have high hopes for.
But why would Arsenal send Hillson out on loan to Leeds when Nketiah’s loan spell did not work out as well as the Londoners would have hoped? Why would Arsenal send Hillson to a club where he is very unlikely to get any game-time next season?
If Kiko Casilla stays at Elland Road then he’s probably going to be Bielsa’s number one goalkeeper while Illan Meslier’s loan deal could be made permanent and he, equally, could become the first-choice shot-stopper.
Leeds then have Elia Caprile as their third-choice goalkeeper after the Italian arrived permanently in January.
It wouldn’t make sense for Leeds to waste a loan signing from a Premier League club on someone who isn’t going to play as, if the Whites win promotion, they can only have two players on loan from a top-flight rival.
Hillman may well be a good young goalkeeper but if Leeds aren’t going to sign him permanently then there’s no point in pursuing him.
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