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Bristol City fans will be keeping a close eye on the speculation surrounding Eddie Nketiah, as it has been reported that Arsenal plan to recall the striker from Leeds and send him on loan elsewhere.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will recall the 20-year-old striker, paving the way for him to join another club on a temporary basis until the end of the season. It is looking likely that BS3 could be his destination of choice.
Nketiah’s time at Leeds has not been without its difficulties, with the youngster only making two starts so far this season under Marcelo Bielsa, finding himself behind Patrick Bamford in the pecking order at Elland Road.
The lack of opportunities to start games for Leeds has not helped either the player or his parent club in this situation.
On the other hand, Lee Johnson will be feeling more confident in landing Nketiah following the news about the recall clause being exercised by Arsenal.
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Robins fans will remember when Arsenal legend Ian Wright paid a visit to Ashton Gate in October to sample how the side play, following a public discussion with the Robins manager.
It is well known that Nketiah favoured going to Leeds over Bristol City in the summer. However, if Arsenal are looking at other potential destinations for the young forward, they will take notice in how Tammy Abraham did at Ashton Gate.
Now an influential figure at Chelsea, 22-year-old Abraham scored 23 goals whilst at the BS3 club on loan in the 2016-17 season.
Nketiah could be using that example in his thought process. It is well known that Bristol City often given young players a chance in the first-team, with Han-Noah Massengo being a good example of that this season.
The Ashton Gate faithful have also made it clear that the club need to sign a striker in the January transfer window, after Benik Afobe’s freak anterior cruciate ligament injury that was suffered earlier on this season, ruling the striker out for the remainder of the campaign.
With all that being said, Bristol City fans will know it will be down to the club to show their interest in Nketiah should the youngster be in search of another club to join on loan.