Fresh on the heels of rumors of a potential loan recall for Arsenal’s young striker, Eddie Nketiah went and had himself a night, scoring three for the England U-21s in the Three Lions’ 5-1 thrashing of Austria.
By scoring with his left foot, right foot, and head, Eddie bagged an elusive “perfect” hat trick. While there are no extra points awarded for style, Eddie’s performance turned many heads as England’s U-21 team took another huge step toward Euro 2020 qualification.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has scored a hat-trick for England U21s pic.twitter.com/eUxAGGAfVY— Goal (@goal) October 15, 2019
The timing of Eddie’s hat trick could not have been better. With the international break coming to a close this week, the Arsenal man made a statement with his performance on fresh on the heels of questions about whether his loan at Leeds United is being mismanaged and once again gave manager Marco Bielsa food for thought.
As previously mentioned by our very own Aaron Lerner, Eddie’s tenure at Leeds has been frustrating, as the goal-scorer has seen only 16% of available minutes despite providing an excellent return on investment. The worry by some is that Eddie, who performed incredibly well in the Gunner’s summer pre-season matches, won’t reap the full benefits of his loan by being relegated to substitute duty, a worry that is only compounded by his stellar showing.
Following his performance, It didn’t take long for fans to let their frustrations known, either.
Eddie Nketiah makes it 9 for the season with a hattrick for the England U21s, but I’m supposed to believe that he doesn’t deserve a place in Leeds United’s XI over a 26-year old whose last league goal came in August?— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 15, 2019
Eddie Nketiah now averaging a goal every 71 minutes for club and country this season. Still Bielsa will start Bamford instead of him at Leeds. https://t.co/ZmeIoJYod7— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) October 15, 2019
Whether or not Eddie’s loan will end earlier than anticipated, one thing is certain - Arsenal’s youth continue to deliver performances that show a promising future in the attack in North London.