By Dave Woods

29th Oct, 2019 | 1:00pm

MOT View: Ornstein claim on Nketiah a major boost for Leeds

Arsenal are not planning on recalling striker Eddie Nketiah from Leeds in January.

That’s come from former BBC journalist David Ornstein in The Athletic and he knows his Arsenal stuff inside out.

Ornstein claimed that Arsenal sent staff to watch Nketiah against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and were happy with what they saw.

That’s in marked contrast to the last time they sent a delegation to watch him, when he didn’t make it onto the pitch against West Brom.

Writing in The Athletic, Ornstein said, “Arsenal are able to recall Nketiah in January if a performance-related condition of the deal is not fulfilled. There is, however, confidence on all sides that this will not be the case and continued hope that Leeds will prove the ideal place for his development.

“Aiding the situation is Venkatesham’s relationship with Leeds counterpart Angus Kinnear — they previously worked together at Arsenal — and a belief that few Championship clubs offer players better preparation for life in the Premier League, in terms of environment and pressure.”

Until Nketiah gets his first Championship start, this issue will continue to simmer away, but this is a major boost for Leeds.

Nketiah played well in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday and was unlucky not to set-up the winning goal for Jack Harrison, whose shot was blocked on the line.

However, Marcelo Bielsa noted after the game that Sheffield Wednesday took charge of the game with Nketiah on the pitch.

That’s likely to see him start with Patrick Bamford again on Saturday against QPR but we’d prefer him to look at tweaking the system – 4-1-4-1 isn’t the only way Leeds can set up.

It was obvious that we missed Pablo Hernandez again and his return could be the spark that sees Nketiah thrive in the team.

Either way, there’s no doubt that the Arsenal loanee has got a huge part to play for the rest of this season, and the update from Ornstein has given us reassurance that he will remain a Leeds player to the end.

In other Leeds news, Exclusive: ‘I’m just amazed’ – Paul Robinson opens up on Nketiah situation