Kevin Campbell tips Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah to be sent out on loan

The striker has struggled for starts in the league
The striker has struggled for starts in the league (Picture: Getty Images)

Kevin Campbell says Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah needs to go out on loan to get more consistent playing time and build his confidence.

The 21-year-old spent the initial stages of last season out on loan at Leeds United in the Championship, but was recalled in January following Mikel Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

Since coming back to north London, the England youth international has battled with Alexandre Lacazette for the No.9 role, but this season, Arteta has favoured the more experienced Frenchman.

Arteta has been persisting with Lacazette up top
Arteta has been persisting with Lacazette up top (Picture: Getty Images)

Nketiah has started just one of Arsenal’s eight Premier League matches this term, with most of his appearances coming from the bench.

And Gunners hero Campbell believes the striker would benefit from a loan spell at another Premier League club, where he can get used to the rough and tumble of England’s top flight.

‘Nketiah has a knack for goals but I think Nketiah needs to go out on loan for another season, playing back-to- back games to get that confidence in his own body,’ Campbell told Football Insider.

‘Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.

‘You have got to go through the tough parts. You need to get kicked, feel the pain and the soreness. That is what he needs to do.’

On Sunday, Arsenal go up against Leeds United at Elland Road, where they will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break.

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