By Noel Whelan

8th Oct, 2019 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Whelan fears Leeds may lose player in January 'loved by the fans'

Noel Whelan fears Eddie Nketiah may quit Leeds United in January due to his lack of game time.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward explained how the future of the Arsenal loanee is up in the air if he remains on the bench.

Nketiah has yet to start a league match for the Whites, although he has been used as a substitute in seven of their last eight Championship games.

There is a mid-season recall clause in Nketiah’s season-long loan although it can only be triggered by Arsenal if he has not had a pre-agreed amount of match action.

“There is the possibility he will be recalled in January,” Whelan told Football Insider. “It all depends on how much game time he is getting, and at the moment he is only playing as a sub.

“He has showed a lot of talent and potential, and is a really exciting young striker. He’s loved by the fans. A lot of other clubs wanted him in the summer and you can see why.

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“It’s a problem for Leeds as Nketiah would be starting at other clubs in the Championship. You look at Bristol City who have lost Benik Afobe for the rest of the season.

“Much depends on the player’s character. It may only be a short time before he starts getting frustrated. How much is he willing to stay patient?”

Nketiah has scored four goals for Leeds, two in the Championship and two in the League Cup.

He is the club’s equal-top scorer this season along with first choice centre-forward Patrick Bamford.

In other Leeds United news, a £120K-a-week Premier League star is willing to take pay cut to move to Elland Road.