Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has hit out at Arsenal over their treatment of the Yorkshire club in relation to the Eddie Nketiah saga, which has drawn an interesting response from many fans.
The Whites signed Nketiah on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day but he found himself behind Patrick Bamford in the pecking order from the start.
The 20-year-old missed a period of around a month due to injury but made 19 appearances for Leeds in total and scored five goals for the Yorkshire club.
It was announced by Arsenal at the start of January that he had been recalled early, with it seeming as if their intention would be to send him on loan elsewhere.
Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, and Sheffield Wednesday were all understood to be interested in signing the Gunners forward until the end of the 2019/20 campaign but it was announced this morning that he would be staying at the Emirates.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of Leeds’ trip to face QPR on Saturday, Bielsa hit out at Arsenal over the Nketiah situation.
Bielsa talking about Nketiah again. Clearly not happy with Arsenal. Says the treatment of Leeds (recalling him early) was "unfair". "We did everything we promised so we have nothing to blame ourselves for. The same with (Jack) Clarke." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 16, 2020
The 20-year-old’s exit has left Leeds in desperate need of a striker in the January transfer window, with Bamford currently the only striker in the Whites senior squad.
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Bielsa’s comments have drawn a mixed reaction from fans of the Yorkshire club, with some backing the Argentine coach and others taking a difference stance.
Read the reaction of Leeds supporters here:
Agree wholeheartedly. But as he’s staying at Arsenal then that makes it less complicated.
— Pseudo Intellectualist (@2cleverbya3rd) January 16, 2020
They amount of media surrounding nkeitiahs lack of minutes would of been far less had he gone to another championship club. But yet he was injured for a month. It definitely played a part in his recall. Bielsa has every right to be angry about it
— Davy Reddin 🇮🇪 (@davyred93) January 16, 2020
We want the loan fee back then !
Only right if we wasn’t to blame.
— stan clark (@stanos76) January 16, 2020
Tough. He’s their player, they want something different for him.
— Zak Pullen (@zak_pullen) January 16, 2020
Interesting. Always suspected Eddie got recalled because he wasn’t getting the game time promised by Leeds. Doesn’t sound like the case at all.
— Matt Moreland (@Yorkshirest) January 16, 2020
Strange they recall for not getting enough game time and now he’ll sit on their bench instead
— Richard Smith (@lufcrichard) January 16, 2020
If it was Arsenal’s decision and we did everything we promised should we not get half the loan fee back? Surely wasn’t stupid enough to pay for a season long loan and say you can take him back whenever you want
— Lee Markham (@LeeMarkham22) January 16, 2020
I agree with Marcelo in this instance. Why recall Eddie just to bench him some more? He’d have got game time here (started last 2 games). @Arsenal are a plonker club
— Jamie McEvoy (@JamieMcEvoy) January 16, 2020