By Mark Smith

20th Oct, 2019 | 2:26pm

Unai Emery shares thoughts on Nketiah at Leeds amid recall reports

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has claimed that it is not the right moment to recall Eddie Nketiah from Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa decided to stick with Patrick Bamford against Birmingham on Saturday. Nketiah had to settle for a place on the bench and played the entire second half in the 1-0 win.

Should Leeds not start to use the 20-year-old more consistently, we could face the potential backlash of losing his services. That would leave us with only Bamford to call upon all season.

The Sun recently reported that Bristol City were in the hunt for the England youth international, with the possibility that Arsenal could recall him.

Emery, though, insisted that he respects Bielsa and his decisions to not play Nketiah more often.

“This is not the moment in October,” he said as quoted by the Daily Star.

“First, I respect his coach and his decision.”

“And I think Eddie is going to play more because he is going to deserve it.”

There will definitely be times that Leeds will need to use Nketiah more than he is being utilised at this moment.

The 20-year-old replaced Bamford on Saturday and looked tired from international duty, struggling to consistently track down the Blues’ defence after Leeds eventually took the lead through Kalvin Phillips.

Emery’s words mean that Leeds fans don’t have to worry immediately but this is a story that’s going to run until Nketiah gets his first Championship start.

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