Leeds United are reportedly looking into possible replacements for on-loan forward Eddie Nketiah should Arsenal look to recall the striker in January.
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic after United’s 1-0 win at Reading on Tuesday night, writer Phil Hay confirmed that United are looking at alternative options given the lack of game time and the fact Arsenal may recall the forward.
Nketiah is yet to start a league game for the Whites but does have three league goals from the bench for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season.
Talk has been rife of whether Nketiah would be recalled by his parent club, and given Leeds are looking at other options this could suggest Nketiah may head back to the Emirates Stadium in January.
Here we take a look at three Eddie Nketiah alternatives in the wake of Phil Hay’s admission…
United have been heavily linked with the 19-year-old in recent weeks and the Liverpool youngster could be the ideal replacement for Nketiah should he be recalled.
Brewster has featured twice for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the EFL Cup this season and has made seven appearances for Liverpool under-23s, scoring four goals.
The forward has made four appearances for England’s under-21 side this term and scored an impressive 20 goals in 23 game for the under-17s squad.
Brewster posses pace and has a natural goalscoring touch, with experience in Liverpool’s first-team he would be a more-than adequate replacement for Nketiah.
This is latest transfer rumour that Leeds United don’t seem to be able to shake off and were linked again with the Burnley man last week.
The Czech-Republic international has struggle to cement a place in Burnley’s first-team since arriving at Turf Moor last summer and would be a statement of intent should United make a move for him.
Vydra has 65 goals in 187 Championship appearances and would add dangerous fire-power to United’s front-line.
Although unclear what stance United are going to take in the January window, the club could even look for a loan-to-buy option which would certainly be a great alternative to Eddie Nketiah.
There is no doubting the 29-year-old’s talent at this level, having scored 59 goals in 100 Championship appearances, including 23 goals for West Bromwich Albion last term.
The striker has only managed 23 Premier League minutes for Newcastle United under Steve Bruce this term and will be determined to find somewhere for regular football in the second-half of the season.
United, would most likely have to opt for a loan deal should they land the former Crystal Palace man but if they did he could be the difference between automatic promotion and the play-offs this term.