Is Eddie Nketiah another Serge? by Ned Tate
What does the future hold for Eddie Nketiah? Currently the 20-year-old English footballer is on loan from Arsenal to Leeds United.
Since the transfer Eddie has taken full advantage of this opportunity getting regular playing time against good competition. He has already scored twice in his 7 Leeds appearances. Also, as a regular for the England Under 21s Nketiah has found the back of the net numerous times including one against the Slovenia U21s just yesterday. And, if you remember this young striker saved Arsenal’s bacon in a Carabao Cup match in 2017 with two late scores.
So, with Arsenal’s current depth at the forward and striker positions…what will Arsenal do about Eddie and his future?
Here’s the scary thing. Will Eddie become another Serge Gnabry? Gnabry was with Arsenal from 2012 to 2015. Wenger played him only 10 times with the first team. After that he was was loaned by Arsenal to West Brom and Werder Bremen, signed by Bayern Munich and then loaned to 1899 Hoffenheim before returning to Munich last season to become Bayern’s 2018-2019 MVP. Also, don’t forget he scored 4 goals just 11 days ago vs. Tottenham in the Champions League! Wouldn’t Serge look good still playing in the Emirates?
Is it fair to make a comparison between Eddie and Serge? Who’s to say what steps Eddie will take to get him to that level. Will he continue to be loaned out, then traded and become an international star like Serge? Is the Arsenal front office willing to let another diamond in the rough go again? What’s the plan for Eddie?
Let’s hope when Eddie hits the big time he’s still in an Arsenal shirt!
Cheers. Gunner 1953
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