Finding a new striker could be one of Leeds United’s top priorities during the summer transfer window.
At least that’s what manager Jesse Marsch recently alluded to earlier this month, telling reporters (via LeedsLive):
“As for the position. [centre-forward]we have some talented players there and we have some flexibility with all the players we have up front, but yes, we may need to look for another attacker or two and one specifically who is number nine.
Since then, one intriguing name has emerged as a possible candidate: former loanee Eddie Nketiah, who remains out of contract at Arsenal this summer.
As broadcast by the TEAMtalk editor marsh james, reports have emerged linking the Yorkshire giants with a move for the England U21 international during the off-season, while he also tweeted his thoughts on the matter, stating:
Rumors of Eddie Nketiah in Leeds are circulating again. I honestly think he would be a decent option for us for free. He knows the club, he knows a lot of the players and he knows how to take advantage of chances”.
It’s not the first time Los Blancos’ interest has been discussed since that loan spell, with TransferMarketWeb claiming Leeds had inquired about him ahead of the January transfer window.
Indeed, despite his troubles in a Leeds shirt in the Championship three years ago, the 22-year-old is still a young attacking talent and one who could help put an end to Marsch’s front-line woes.
Standing 5-foot-11, the Gunners ace has been compared to Ian Wright and Jermain Defoe in terms of playing style.
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“He reminds me of another Jermaine Defoe and look how well he did at West Ham. He is a very similar type of player,” former Leeds striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider. “He plays shoulder, very dangerous in the area. He is a player you can’t stop looking at because his movement is so good”.
Nketiah scored 43 goals in 56 appearances for Arsenal’s U18 and U23 teams and that has since translated into 18 senior goals, despite a lack of serious game time with Mikel Arteta, according to Transfermarkt.
The striker, also nicknamed “goal machine” by Michael Owen, could be the perfect summer signing alongside Brenden Aaronson, a central attacking midfielder capable of providing Nketiah with pockets of opportunities and a pressing mindset that could leave Marsch purring.
Aaronson and Nketiah would be the start of a transfer window.
Valued at £9m, Leeds could get an absolute bargain as chairman Andrea Radrizzani would not have to pay a penny in terms of transfer fee, should they try to sign him this off-season.
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