Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said that Leeds United is the perfect place for Arsenal-owned forward Eddie Nketiah to develop, as quoted in The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Former Manchester United and England international defender Neville made the comments following Leeds’s 3-0 win against Salford City away from home at the Peninsula Stadium in the first round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Nketiah, who joined Championship club Leeds on loan from Premier League club Arsenal on transfer deadline day, made his debut for the Whites in the game and opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, as the visiting team won 3-0.
Neville, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, believes that the 20-year-old is at the perfect club in Leeds to develop and progress.
The Yorkshire Evening Post quotes Neville as saying about Nketiah: “Well if you’re going to go on loan I think, if you’re coming from a club like Arsenal, you want to go to a club that’s representative of what you’re going to face.
“Ultimately he will want to go back to Arsenal and play in their first team. So to go to Leeds United, who are a big club, play in front of a big crowd every single week, with real pressure on, expectation to go up this season, or every season for that matter in terms of getting promoted out of the Championship.
“So you’re basically going to get exposed to a high level of football in a demanding environment at Leeds United where there’s going to be pressure on under a great coach.
“It’s a win, win, win, win all the way through for Nketiah. Ultimately it looks like a great loan signing for him. Leeds United will be hoping it pays off for them. It started well tonight.”
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday evening, hosts Salford had 38% of the possession, took 15 shots of which five were on target, and earned six corners, according to BBC Sport.
Visitors Leeds had 62% of the possession, took 18 shots of which eight were on target, and earned six corners, according to BBC sport.