By Craig Scott

15th Dec, 2019 | 6:00pm

MOT View: Sky pundit spot on to say 'Leeds would be perfect' for 'quality' forward in January

Leeds United might find themselves in need of a new striker in the January transfer window with doubts surrounding the future of loanee Eddie Nketiah.

Nketiah, 20, has made 13 appearances in the Championship since joining Leeds on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the summer but is yet to start a single league game.

That has led to the Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal are ready to recall the England Under-21 international next month and try to seek out increased opportunities for him elsewhere so that his development does not stall at Elland Road.

It’s fair enough.

When a club sends a young, up-and-coming player out on loan, they expect them to play regularly and return a better player than when they left.

While Nketiah would have no doubt benefitted from Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching, he is still likely to return to Arsenal having not started a single Championship game.

And if Nketiah leaves Elland Road, Leeds are going to need a replacement.

Someone who has been linked with a move to West Yorkshire is Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster, who has only ever made two senior appearances for the Merseyside giants.

Football Insider has reported that Jurgen Klopp is open to loaning out the 19-year-old rookie and that Leeds are interested.

Sky Sports pundit Darren Bent has claimed that it should be a straightforward deal for the Whites to pull off if they want Brewster in to replace Nketiah.

“Yeah most definitely,” Bent told Football Insider when asked if it would be simple for Leeds to sign Brewster.

“He needs to get games, he is a quality centre-forward, good on the ball so would be a good signing.

“It’s a no-brainer if they’re willing to let him go out on loan and Leeds would be perfect for him with them near the top of the Championship.

“He’ll go in there, play, help them get promoted, and if he does help them get promoted who knows next season he may end up getting a permanent move to Leeds and that could really kickstart his Premier League career.”

Bent is spot on.

Leeds should have no difficulty in signing Brewster, even if Liverpool know that he is not going to start any Championship matches.

Brewster has only played twice in Liverpool’s first-team so even 10-20 minutes off the bench every week is going to be more beneficial to him than playing for the Premier League club’s Under-23s.

Nketiah has 19 senior appearances to his name for Arsenal so he is at a more advanced stage than Brewster where he needs to start more often.

Liverpool should be happy for Brewster to have the role than Nketiah has so let’s hope that if one returns to Arsenal, he is replaced by the one from the European champions.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims one player did not cope well against Cardiff.