Leeds United’s pursuit of an attacker is not going very well after the latest updates indicate that they will lose their main goal Che Adams.
This leaves whites less than two weeks to identify a player and negotiate an agreement with their club, otherwise they will have only one senior striker for the rest of the campaign.
It may seem like a long time ago now, but Leeds was put into this situation by Arsenal after deciding to remember Eddie Nketiah because of his lack of football in the first team on Elland Road.
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At the time, it seemed like a logical move by the Gunners, but the latest twist in this saga will likely make you question their thoughts on this.
What is the story then?
In a bizarre twist of fate, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported that the plan now is for Nketiah to remain in the Emirates for the rest of the season.
This is an interesting development as it was thought that the young striker would be borrowed again because Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest were all interested in forward.
However, the striker will now remain in North London, something Leeds has every right to be bothered about.
Arsenal’s decision to remember Nketiah now doesn’t make a single lick of sense.
Both the player and the club were reportedly not happy with the amount of playing time he was playing, and it is difficult to imagine him playing more at Arsenal than in Leeds.
It would surely be behind Alexandre Lacazette, a £ 52.7 million man, and the winner of the Golden Boot, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in hierarchical order. Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli’s impressive record of scoring seven goals in seven league and Europa League appearances may well be enough to put him above the young man.
So why remember it? Working closely with Marcelo Bielsa, a man once hailed as the best coach in the world by the man who mentored Mikel Arteta, is certainly worth more than being part of a great team. It is also worth more than being trained by someone who has been a full-time manager for only less than a month.
It just doesn’t make sense and Leeds has every reason to be furious with Arsenal for leaving them ahead.
In other news, Leeds may finally be in the process of replacing Chris Wood.