Phil Hay delivers major team news boost for Leeds clash v West Brom
Leeds United may well be waving goodbye to Eddie Nketiah this January but it looks like they might get an immediate stay of execution.
Bristol journalist Gregor MacGregor said on Monday that Arsenal were set to recall the striker “in the next 48 hours”.
That would have ruled him out of the massive game against West Brom on Wednesday.
We understand that Eddie Nketiah will be recalled from #LUFC by #Arsenal in the next 48 hours. #BristolCity lead the chase for his signature, but competition from Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and another Championship side. Very good chance the Robins will land the forward.
— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) December 30, 2019
However, Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that while he has also heard that Arsenal are set to recall the striker, Nketiah should be available for the huge game against West Brom.
Nketiah is still with Leeds and due to be in the squad at West Brom tomorrow. But strong indications that Arsenal intend to recall him. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 31, 2019
That could end up being his last game for Leeds but his presence could be crucial, after Patrick Bamford missed the game against Birmingham with a dead leg.
That afforded Nketiah his only league start of the season and while he didn’t score, he started the game off sharply.
If he knew he was going back to Arsenal, he didn’t show it and the Leeds fans appreciated the effort he put in.
If Bamford isn’t fit, having Nketiah will be vital for a game that will hand Leeds their sternest test of the season so far.
Leeds won 1-0 at Elland Road earlier in the season but that was a tough game and the test is expected to be even more severe at The Hawthorns.
Leeds are currently top of the Championship on goal difference, while the chasing pack starts nine points back with Fulham in third.
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