Pundit 'surprised' as speculation links Eddie Nketiah with Leeds United return
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Paul Robinson is “surprised” to see Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah linked with a return to Leeds United in the January transfer window.
Italian news outlet TMW has reported that Leeds have made contact to sign the 22-year-old forward, who spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Elland Road before being recalled by Arsenal.
It is understood that Leeds are now in the hunt to sign the former England Under-21s goal machine in January with his contract at Arsenal due to expire at the end of the season.
However, ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson doesn’t feel as though re-signing Nketiah would be worthwhile due to him failing to impress in his loan spell at Elland Road in the Championship.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about Nketiah, Robinson said: “No, he wasn’t [good back-up] when he was here.
“Nketiah was signed as a youngster to be given opportunities when [Patrick] Bamford wasn’t able to play or in games to change it up.
“He didn’t really do a lot when he came in, he didn’t score enough goals and isn’t the same type of player as Bamford.
“It didn’t work out for Nketiah and I’m surprised he’s been linked.
“He will leave Arsenal because he’s not getting game-time and doesn’t fit in with how [Mikel] Arteta wants his team to play.
“I just don’t see him as an out-and-out number nine to play when Bamford isn’t there.
” Leeds have hugely missed Bamford over the last two months and they do need someone who’s similar in the way he plays.
“I don’t think Nketiah is that, he wasn’t that at Leeds the first time.”
Nketiah scored five goals in his 19 appearances for Leeds before he was recalled by Arsenal.
Marcelo Bielsa started the young forward just three times in the Championship with Bamford clearly the first-choice striker.
However, Nketiah did pop up with some important goals for the Whites during his loan spell, including winners against Brentford and Barnsley.
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