Nottingham Forest are being linked with a move for Eddie Nketiah, but similarities with the situation faced by the Arsenal starlet at Leeds make a deal unlikely.

The 20-year-old frontman is expected to be recalled by his parent club from a loan spell at Elland Road.

That decision will be taken due to a lack of regular game time.

With Patrick Bamford the favoured frontman of Marcelo Bielsa, Nketiah has been denied the opportunities he craves and needs.

He has started just one Championship game this season and seen only 450 minutes.

At this stage of his promising career, the youngster needs much more than that.

Arsenal are aware of that and will be looking to explore alternative options in January.

It may be that Forest throw their name into the ring.

The Bristol Post are reporting that the Reds are in the mix.

Competition

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A number of their Championship rivals are also said to be keen on acquiring a highly-rated England U21 international.

Leeds may have found no prominent role for Nketiah, but Bristol City may do.

The Robins do, however, “face competition from across the division with Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday also interested in signing the striker until the end of the season to aid their promotion push.”

The Bristol Post added: “It is thought Brentford are City’s main rival, given they would suit Arsenal geographically and head coach Thomas Frank encourages a brand of football appealing to loan manager Ben Knapper and academy chief Per Mertesacker.”

Plenty of sense to be found there.

Keeping Nketiah closer to home would be a preferable option for Arsenal.

They also need to find him somewhere with an obvious route to the first team.

Forest do not tick that box.

Any forward acquired during the winter window will arrive at the City Ground to sit at least second in the pecking order.

System

 

Lewis Grabban is, and will remain, very much the main man.

Sabri Lamouchi has favoured a system throughout 2019-20 which calls for only one striker at any one time.

Tweaks could be made there, with there the potential for a partnership up top, but there has been no indication of such a move being made.

Were Nketiah to link up with the Reds, then he would be filling back-up duties.

Again.

He would be right back where he started.

Leeds have Bamford, Forest have Grabban, and neither is going to stray far from that blueprint.

With that in mind, talk of Nketiah being a possible target should fade as quickly as it emerged.

Lamouchi needs another goal-getter, but there is no substance to be found in speculation here.

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