In a similar fashion to yesterday, we turn to the BBC’s Arsenal correspondent for the latest on Eddie Nketiah. David Ornstein has revealed that the young striker is on his way to Leeds for a medical ahead of a season-long loan deal.
Ornstein also revealed that the influencing factor in Arsenal’s decision was a pitch made by Leeds United’s Director of Football, Victor Orta, to his footballing contacts at the Emirates that sold the Bielsa vision of player development. This led to them accepting Leeds’ offer and rejecting similar offers from Swansea, Bristol City and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Nketiah comes in as a direct replacement for Kemar Roofe, who left for Anderlecht earlier in the week for a fee believed to be around the £7 million mark. It’s not sure yet how the role will be rotated with Patrick Bamford, but if last season is anything to go by then injuries will heavily dictate selection.
This deal also means it’s unlikely Leeds will now move for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, with Leeds recognising that an extra striker was more important than further wingers. Despite the fact that Bielsa has been particularly keen on capturing Kent all summer.