Who is Eddie Nketiah?
Edward Keddar Nketiah, commonly known as Eddie Nketiah, is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-forward for the Premier League giants Arsenal.
U21 England international was born on 30 May 1999 in Lewisham. Eddie started his career with Chelsea and was released in 2015.
Nketiah then joined the Gunners academy and played for Arsenal at youth sides. During the 2016–17 campaign, Eddie scored 15 goals in 16 games for the under-18s while also scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances for the U23 team.
Nketiah scored his first goal in the Premier League on the last day of the campaign at Burnley on 12 May 2019. In summer 2019, the summer deadline day for Championship teams, Eddie joined Leeds United on loan for the 2019–20 campaign.
After that game on the first day of 2020, the English striker was recalled from his loan spell early by the Gunners. Eddie played his Premier League game at home to Newcastle United.
In summer 2020, Eddie was in the starting 11 in the 2020 FA Community Shield, in which the Gunners clinched a 5–4 win against Liverpool in the penalty shootout after the game was 1–1 after 90 minutes.
What is Eddie Nketiah’s international career like?
Eddie is eligible for both England and Ghana national teams at the international level. The English striker played his debut match for the Three Lions at the U18 level, playing a game with Saudi Arabia U19 on 22 March 2017.
Nketiah scored the second goal for the Three Lions in the 58th minute as they won 2–0. In his next game, with Qatar U19, Eddie scored a hat-trick as the Three Lions won 4–0.
In November 2017, the English striker scored four goals for the Three Lions U19 side in a qualifier for the 2018 UEFA European U19 Championship with the Faroe Islands.
Eddie was one of several footballers withdrawn from selection for the competition by their club.
On 18 May 2018, the English centre-forward received his first call up to the Three Lions U21 side by coach Aidy Boothroyd for the Toulon Tournament.
Eddie scored twice in the semi-final with Scotland and assisted Kieran Dowell to score the winning goal with Mexico in the final.
In winter 2019, the Englishman reportedly turned down a call up from Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah to the senior Ghana national team, with Eddie favouring England.
In September of the following year, Eddie captained the Three Lions U21s for the first time and scored a hat-trick during a 6–0 win against Kosovo U21s.