Young Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah will spend the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Championship side Leeds United, despite collecting three goals for the Gunners during their pre-season preparations.
The 20-year-old was a standout performer as his team beat Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina on their tour of the USA, netting the decisive effort against the German giants, whilst also collecting a brace versus the Italians. He also made an appearance off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid, a match which Los Blancos won on penalties.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of @EddieNketiah9 on a season-long loan— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 8, 2019
Though Nketiah proved his capabilities in the Arsenal first-team setup, a year in the second division will no doubt serve him well as he looks to hone his skills and gain experience in senior football.
Having spent seven years in the youth ranks at London rivals Chelsea, the forward made a switch across the city in 2015 after the Blues decided to release him.
He has since worked his way up the chain at the Emirates Stadium, earning a first-team call-up during the reign of Arsene Wenger following a marvellous tally of 15 goals in 16 matches in the 2016/17 season.
Leeds will certainly find a place for him in their lineup as they aim to right the wrongs of last term and finally secure a top-flight return, the Whites last competing in first division in 2004.
Marcelo Bielsa's recruits looked set to make their way back to the promised land by the time Easter 2019 rolled around, but a shocking run of results saw the Elland Road outfit slip out of the automatic promotion places in the Championship, losing finalists Derby County then dumping them out in the playoff semis.