Darren Bent has suggested that Leeds United could lose Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah to a Premier League side if he does not start playing more games at Elland Road.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England hitman says that Arsenal may not be best pleased seeing the 20-year-old striker sitting on the bench week after week despite proving he has the ability to score goals in the Championship.
Nketiah has scored three goals in nine second-tier appearances this season, including a header in midweek against Preston North End, but not one of those outings has come in the starting XI.
With a lack of regular game time for the young hitman, Bent has warned Leeds that they could lose him to either another Championship side or even a lower-half Premier League team should Arsenal choose to recall him.
Bent told Football Insider: “Leeds need to be careful, I’m telling you now, because a lot of other Championship teams, if not lower-end Premier League teams, are going to be looking at him and going: ‘You know what? We’ll take him.’
“He’s scoring goals at international level, he’s scoring goals for his club side when he gets the minutes so people will be going we’ll take him. Leeds might go: ‘We want to keep him,’ but I can see Arsenal going: ‘No, because he’s not getting enough game time.’
“As much as Bielsa might like him and think he’s brilliant from the bench, Arsenal will go: ‘We’re not happy with this, we’re going to loan him somewhere else.’
Nketiah has played 19 times for Arsenal’s first-team, including a couple of starts in the Europa League last season, with three goals under his belt.
Patrick Bamford has been Bielsa’s first-choice striker at Elland Road, the former Middlesbrough man starting every single Championship game of the campaign.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills claims that one attacker is in the “driving seat” for a starting role against Sheffield Wednesday.