There was always something in the back of my mind that knew this day was coming.
With the amount of talk that has gone on in the past couple of months about the move possibly happening, it shouldn’t be a real surprise. Yet at the same time, it did still come as a bit of a shock that they would actually pull the trigger on the move.
According to a report from football.London, Eddie Nketiah is set to be recalled by Arsenal, with the Gunners set to send him out on loan again in hopes of him getting more first-team football.
Given the love affair that surrounds Nketiah and the Leeds United fans, the news that he is going to leave Elland Road was never going to go down well with the fanbase. So when the news did start to break last night, there was a large portion of them who decided to turn their anger on the people they felt most responsible, and that’s the board.
Can’t help but feel the Nketiah situation was a strategic misstep by #LUFC. Orta’s enthusiastic PowerPoint to secure him was never reflected by Bielsa, who never appeared completely sold on him. We need to get the replacement right. Too much at stake.
— The Square Ball (@TheSquareBall) December 30, 2019
I hope this won't come back to bite us. It does raise questions too.
1. Why did Orta go for this, knowing Bielsa mightn't even play him?
2. What plans have the club in place to find a replacement?
3. What input will Bielsa have in any potential signing and will he even play him?
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) December 30, 2019
— PHIL BROWN (@PHMB7) December 30, 2019
Are own fault this guy will be a sensational player but we gave him bench time no roation! 3 million loan fee wasted by Orta and The management
— Mark kay (@markkayinoz) December 30, 2019
Disgusting how we got him and didn’t play him. Way better than PB. Just makes us look tinpot.
— Pablo (@Pablo07865438) December 30, 2019
In hindsight, Kent would have been a better decision rather than Eddie… replacement is absolutely critical.
— GD (@gdlufc) December 30, 2019
Been a lot easier all round to just keep Roofe. His fee squandered on a 5 month loan and now a threadbare squad about to get thinner and seriously, who’s genuinely coming to sit on the bench for the next 5 months?
— Mark Devaney 💙💛 (@markwd1) December 30, 2019
It's a massive disaster if he goes, this is the kind of thing that screws things up for the team, why on earth do leeds wanna be searching for another replacement striker now with half the season gone.
— christo (@ctrlitt) December 30, 2019
Have we handled the Nketiah situation well?
Looks like they’re going to have to pull off something, or indeed someone, spectacular in the January window to make them all happy again.