Arsenal: Eddie Nketiah could switch allegiances to Ghana - report
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah could switch national team allegiances after being contacted by the Ghana FA about switching from England, according to Ghana Soccernet.
The 22-year-old is currently the record goalscorer for the England Under-21s, scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances for the team.
But with so much competition in the attacking positions for Gareth Southgate’s senior side and no sight of a call-up being anywhere close, the African giants have made their move to get him for themselves.
Nketiah qualifies to play for the Black Stars through his parents, who both hail from Ghana, and according to a report the Ghanaian FA has contacted the striker’s family about a potential switch of allegiances.
The Arsenal striker is set to leave the Emirates this summer with his contract set to expire, but team-mate Thomas Partey is said to have spoken to him about a potential switch too. He would be eligible for their World Cup squad if he opted to make the switch in time.
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Just like at the club level, this would be a bold but wise move for Nketiah to make for the good of his career.
Ghana are one of the best sides in Africa and will be representing the continent at the World Cup finals later this year, having been drawn in a group with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.
A lack of regular first-team football at club level has seen his development stagnate over recent years, but a move away from Arsenal and then to the Ghana national team could really kickstart his career once again.
It could be a real fresh start for the youngster to really fulfil the potential he has shown during his youth career and even for Arsenal when he’s been called upon.
Ghana would be getting a true natural goalscorer, and England would be losing a potentially great option for the future.
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