EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has suggested that Leeds United could sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on a permanent deal next season if he can help fire the Whites to promotion during his loan spell at Elland Road.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker says he is a big admirer of the 20-year-old and that he wants to see the youngster settle down ad call somewhere home to help his development.

Nketiah joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side on a season-long loan over the summer, currently operating as backup to fellow striker Patrick Bamford in the first-team squad.

Bent says that he wants to see Nketiah nail down regular football and suggested that he could become a permanent fixture at Leeds if he can help bring Premier League football to Elland Road at the end of the season.

Bent told Football Insider: “What would be nice to see happen – I’m a big fan of his – is if Leeds can be promoted and he plays a big part of it, that puts him in such a good position because we don’t know if Bamford’s going to be in the Premier League.

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“He’s (Nketiah) more battle-tested than Bamford when playing in the Premier League and also as well, at Leeds, they love him, he plays a big part in them getting promoted, he might be able to sign there on loan or sign there permanently, another season and he can work from there.

“It would be nice to see him settle down somewhere and prove to everyone what a good player and what a good centre-forward he is.” 

Nketiah has played seven times for Leeds across all competitionsso far, scoring four goals,  but all five of his Championship outings have come off the substitutes’ bench.

His longest runout in the league was a 29-minute outing against Swansea City, while he was handed just 11 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills was left raving to Football Insider about an “infectious” first-team star after the draw against Derby.