Plenty has been written about Leeds United, their gargantuan fall from grace since the turn of the century and their inability to return to the big time, a stage they have not graced for sixteen years, but things are changing in West Yorkshire, Leeds have turned a corner and are on course for big things in the near future.
Having just had the go ahead for a huge new training complex development in the centre of Leeds, bringing the club in line with the very best development centres in the country, Managing Director Angus Kinnear is now known for his no nonsense approach to doing what is best for the club and their fans.
The latest fear the Whites fans find themselves facing is the prospect of losing exciting new signing Eddie Nketiah back to his parent club, Arsenal, after it was revealed that there is a recall clause in the 20-year-old’s contract, allowing Arsenal to take him back to the Emirates in January.
Moving to appease those concerns, Kinnear has spoken of the clause in an interview with Talking Shutt Podcast, here’s what he had to say…
“Whereas before it might just be financial, now they’re looking at the development curve.
How much playing time are they going to get? What kind of environment are they going to be in?
Eddie playing in front of 35,000 people who are hugely demanding is exactly the kind of experience he needs for when he’s going back to Arsenal and plays at the Emirates.”
“It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan is going.
“If the player is playing and they’re playing well and they’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which we can evidence in both Ben (White, on loan from Brighton) and Eddie’s case, you can be fairly confident it won’t be activated by the parent club.”
Great news for Leeds United fans, with the striker having a fantastic start and scoring four goals in seven games, starting only two, it could be an extremely potent relationship.