Leeds United’s managing director Angus Kinnear has moved to allay any fears fans might have over losing loan duo Eddie Nketiah and Ben White in January.
The young pair have been vital players so far this season for manager Marcelo Bielsa, with White, in particular, cementing himself as one of the regulars in the first XI in central defence.
Nketiah, on the other hand, has impressed – mainly in the cup competitions – with a couple of vital goals, but he has been equally impressive for the England under-21 set-up, scoring once again this weekend as they drew in Slovenia.
The form of the pair has led to some worries that Arsenal and Brighton could move to recall them in January, but Kinnear has moved to quell those fears for Leeds fans.
“It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan’s going so if the players are playing, and they’re playing well, and they’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which I think we can evidence in both Ben and Eddie’s case, then you’d be fairly confident that they recall wouldn’t be activated by the parent club,” Kinnear told the Talking Shutt podcast, with quotes taken from a report by Leeds Live.
Kinnear went on to explain further how the club had to fight to win the race for both White and Nketiah.
The Leeds supremo believes firmly that the club having Marcelo Bielsa in the managerial hot-seat gives them an advantage over other teams when it comes to landing young loan players.
Kinnear can say this, but you never know in football with injuries and suspensions.
The case for being recalled is more likely for Ben White, given the size of Brighton’s squad and the fact if one or two central defenders are out, they might see White as the ideal replacement.
Nketiah will probably stay put. He’s not usurping the likes of Lacazette and Aubameyang this season.