It seemed like Mikel Arteta may have had plans to utilise Eddie Nketiah in the first-team when he returned from his loan spell at Leeds United this month, but it actually looks like Arsenal want to loan him out again.
It makes sense that they didn’t want him to stay at Leeds United United for the whole campaign. He was regularly working, but it was usually from the bench, so performing a vital role for a diverse team could help to further his progress.
You would think that where he ends up will depend on how much working time his new club will give him, but it seems like it won’t just be Championship clubs that he has the choice of this month.
The Mirror claimed that Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forrest were all in the hunt to sign him, but they’ve now been joined by Aston Villa and Norwich City.
It would make sense from the Gunners’ point of view if he could get some regular Premier League football under his belt, but it would be a massive call for both of those sides.
If the Gunners did insist that he performed regularly, then they would actually be putting a lot of trust in an unproven youngster to be a crucial part of their efforts to avoid relegation. We always hear about the money required in maintaining a place in the league so that it could be a lot of pressure on the young man.
There’s still no evidence that he’s about to agree on a deal with one club for now, but he might have the opportunity of five if reports are to be believed.