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Arsenal Forward Yet To Renew Contract Amid Newcastle United Links: Would He Fit Into Howe’s Squad?

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Eddie Nketiah, linked to Newcastle United, has revealed that game time will be the deciding factor behind his future this summer. Nketiah is out of contract for Arsenal at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal despite several offers from the Gunners, according to a report by Chroniclelive.

Nketiah’s Run With Arsenal In Numbers

The 22-year-old has scored 5 goals and created 1 assist over 20 appearances for Arsenal on all fronts this season. He has averaged 8.8 passes per game with an accuracy of 78.1% in his campaign this season with the Gunners (stats via Whoscored).

The English forward does not have impressive numbers on his tally, although he has featured regularly for the Gunners and has come off the bench significantly. Nketiah has the pace, movement and the ability to finish, supplemented by an eagerness to score.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal linked with Newcastle United.
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal takes on the Southampton defence during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on April 16, 2022, in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

How Will He Fit Into Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United?

Callum Wilson and Chris Wood are both 30 years old, and with that in mind, Newcastle United should look for potential replacements. Joelinton who previously played as a second striker has been moved back to the left midfield, and the brilliant switch has brought out the best of his abilities. Eddie Howe’s genius has helped Newcastle in many ways, but they still find themselves lingering above the dreaded relegation zone.

The Magpies require a centre forward who can add to the attacking prowess, with Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin performing exceptionally in the wide areas, and Eddie Nketiah could fit in the bill perfectly.

The Arsenal forward’s pace and movement have helped him get into the right positions for converting the chances created by midfielders in front of the goal. At 22, he has a lot of room for improving his ability to hold on to the ball and better his finishing inside the penalty box. Howe can use a forward with such potential to take the Magpies to the next level.

A move from Arsenal might be a good choice for Eddie Nketiah as he can look forward to promising game time at St. James park, which could impact his career substantially.

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