Former Leeds United star Eddie Nketiah earned a very rare accolade on Saturday when he became one of the few players to win the Championship and the FA Cup in one season.
Nketiah spent the first half of the season on loan at Leeds where he impressed but struggled for game time.
However, he still earned Leeds points, scoring three goals including the winner in a 1-0 win over rivals Brentford.
He came on in the second half of the FA Cup final on Saturday that saw Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1.
According to Guardian journalist Richard Jolly, Nketiah became “the first player to win the Championship and the FA Cup in the same season since Michael Mancienne (Wolves & Chelsea in 2008-09).”
A Leeds fan tweeted Nketiah after the FA Cup final, saying, “Congratulations to @EddieNketiah9 on his Football League Championship and FA Cup winners medals!”
Nketiah replied with three emojis – two medals and a goofy face.
— Eddie Nketiah 📞 (@EddieNketiah9) August 1, 2020
Nketiah’s time at Leeds might not have turned out the way he or fans wanted, but it seems he’s still got a soft spot for the club.
And Leeds fans still love Nketiah – he was a great striker who would have walked into almost any other side in the Championship.
The FA Cup winners medal caps a brilliant season for him that’s seen him start for Arsenal in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta.
Ironically, it was Leeds who gave Arsenal arguably their sternest test in the FA Cup.
Leeds absolutely dominated them in the first half at the Emirates before the tables were turned in the second half.
The attack momentum graph from SofaScore paints the picture better than any words can.
If Leeds had scored in the first half it could have been a very different name on the trophy this season.
We didn’t mind getting knocked out of the FA Cup, though – we had bigger things to concentrate on. And things worked out very well for both Leeds and Eddie.
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