Bristol City ready if new Nketiah chance comes in January

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Bristol City are prepared to make another move for Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah in January if his loan spell at Leeds is ended after just six months.

The Athletic ‘s Leeds United writer Phil Hay reports that Bristol City, who were disappointed Nketiah chose to go elsewhere this summer, are continuing to monitor the England Under-21 international with a view to making another approach.

Back in August, a key aspect of Bristol City’s pitch for Nketiah was the promise that the young forward would play games and that could be something that the striker regrets not paying more attention to after more than two months at Elland Road.

The 20-year-old has not started a league game for Marcelo Bielsa yet and was again sat on the bench when Leeds’ latest clash with Preston North End got underway at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

Preferring Patrick Bamford, who hasn’t scored in his last eight games now, Bielsa brought Nketiah on with 13 minutes to go and 10 minutes later the Arsenal loanee had conjured up his side’s crucial leveller.

He has totalled only 218 minutes of league football for Leeds, who proved to be Nketiah’s choice in August when he was presented with three options by Arsenal – which included Bristol City and Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Sources at Arsenal say they are relaxed about Nketiah’s situation and that could mean Lee Johnson doesn’t get another chance to take him when the Gunners review the loan spell in January.

But the player himself could have a massive say in what happens ahead of the next transfer window and Nketiah voiced concerns himself about his lack of game-time during this month’s international break.

The Lewisham-born forward told Sky Sports News: “I am really just trying to do as much as I can. Obviously, I will never be happy with being on the bench. I want to play. I pride myself on being in the team. I think I am good enough to be in the team.”

Leeds fans would certainly agree but only Bielsa has the power to make Bristol City’s interest, and any future stories like this, disappear.