In a surprising turn of events, Tottenham’s coach, Jermain Defoe, has taken a moment to acknowledge and praise an Arsenal player, expressing his admiration for the often-overlooked Eddie Nketiah. Defoe, who returned to the Tottenham academy in 2022 after retiring, emphatically declared, “I don’t know why he doesn’t get enough credit and respect from Arsenal fans; I wish I had him here in my club.”
This unexpected show of admiration came during a recent interview with Premier League Productions (26/08/23 at 5:15 pm). Defoe, known for his prolific goal-scoring career, especially in the Premier League where he netted 163 goals, took a moment to recognize Nketiah’s talent and impact on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Nketiah, the 24-year-old striker, showcased his abilities over the weekend when he came off the bench to contribute to Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Fulham. Despite the late equalizer denying Arsenal the victory, Nketiah secured his second Premier League goal of the season, making a notable impression.
Defoe, however, expressed concern over the lack of recognition for Nketiah within the Arsenal fanbase, stating that the young striker “doesn’t get enough credit.” Defoe’s insights into the game highlighted Nketiah’s potential, emphasizing that with a consistent run of games, the Hale-End star has the capability to become a goal-scoring force for the team.
Reflecting on Nketiah’s recent performance, Defoe commended the player’s goal-scoring prowess, describing it as a “really good finish.” This positive assessment from someone with Defoe’s goal-scoring pedigree adds weight to the argument that Nketiah deserves more acknowledgment for his contributions to Arsenal.
As Arsenal gears up for a crucial clash against Manchester United, speculation arises regarding Nketiah’s potential starting role. Last season, Nketiah made headlines by scoring a late winner against Manchester United, significantly impacting the team’s position in the Premier League title race. With both teams experiencing a mixed start to the 2023/24 campaign, Nketiah’s role in the upcoming match could be pivotal, and many will be watching to see if he can once again prove his worth on the field.