Eddie Nketiah has been at the top of his game for Arsenal lately. The 21-year-old has done a great job so far and has even impressed his manager Mikel Arteta. But some recent developments hint that he may have to go out on loan again.
Nketiah made a return from a loan spell at Leeds only back in January. He has since been working hard for the Gunners. Nketiah has made a total of 14 appearances for Arsenal so far. The youngster made four-goal contributions for Arsenal including an assist. And netting three in the Premier League, EFL Cup, and Europa League each.
Nketiah has shown his worth to the Gunners, since his return from the loan spell. But is still in the process of making a big breakthrough in the club. Mikel Arteta also acknowledges his quality and refers that Nketiah is always “knocking on the door”. We have seen some pretty good action from the youngster when he is on the pitch as well.
But it was only recently that the youngster had the opportunity to start a game for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta is likely to start Nketiah again in their upcoming fixture. The Spanish manager is very happy with Eddie’s performance and commitment. But former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell feels that Nketiah may need some more time. Before he becomes a frequent starter in the Arsenal lineup.
Campbell wants the youngster to grow
Kevin Campbell feels that it is suitable for Nketiah to have one more loan spell before he becomes a complete Gunner. This is not to suppress the youngster’s hopes, but rather to allow him to grow more. We did see the youngster have an amazing loan spell with Leeds. And Nketiah’s impressive growth since his return from the Whites.
“Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.” -Kevin Campbell on Eddie Nketiah, via Football Insider.
Campbell feels that Nketiah might need more experience before he becomes a starter for Arsenal. The former Arsenal ace does make sense as Nketiah lacks experience of starting in the PL. Mostly coming out from the bench Nketiah will have benefit if he gets more experience. Allowing the youngster to have more exposure will help him to be of greater use to Arsenal. So letting him on a loan will help Nketiah understand the rhythm of the league. And how it is to play in and out weekly for the club.
Eddie Nketiah was also able to understand a significant growth in his game returning from Leeds. He was confident of getting more game-time at Arsenal, and he sure did. But like Campbell insists there might be a little bit more experience that the youngster can use. Which will allow him to root himself into Arsenal’s future playing at the top form of the game.
Arteta is happy with Nketiah
Despite the facts from Kevin Campbell being true, Mikel Arteta is pretty happy with Eddie so far. The Spaniard is really impressed by the youngster’s game and is willing to give him more time on the pitch. Hence, we may not see him go out on a loan soon as Campbell insists. However, Eddie will have to keep his form up and work harder as Arteta is quick to make changes if he sees a lack of quality.
Mikel Arteta likes the enthusiasm of the youngster and his inspiration to make a breakthrough. Arteta feels that he is cultured and has the discipline to train and work hard. Hence, it seems as though Arteta has a certain admiration for the youngster. So, it is unlikely for the manager to send him out on a loan anytime soon.
Also, his form in the England U-21 has been really impressive. Nketiah has 16 goals in 14 apps, breaking the record of Alan Shearer. Having such an immense talent at your disposal is key for any manager and Arteta understands that. Hence, we may soon see more from the youngster for the Gunners.
Reports also claim that Nketiah is likely to start in Arsenal’s upcoming fixture against Leeds United. If he is able to perform at his best, this gain might be his breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium. Also, he will be facing his last season loan club which makes things more interesting. Mikel Arteta is starting to develop faith in the youngster and we may eventually see him grow into a great forward for Arsenal.