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Eddie Nketiah made it three goals in his last two games when he struck twice against Fiorentina in Charlotte on Friday.
Our head coach revealed that he was prepared to send Nketiah on loan last season, but now expects him to stay in the first-team squad.
on how close he came to going on loan…
“Last year in December we were thinking of loaning him to Germany. “
“We decided he would stay with us to train and progress with us. ‘
‘We started this pre-season with the same idea as we finished last year – stay with us. And my idea is that if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance here for us.’
on whether it’s likely he will stay now…
“I spoke with him and with the club. “
“He has started with a doubt if it is better for him to stay here with us or leave to play more minutes with another team. “
“But we have examples last year of some players who wanted to go away and didn’t play all we wanted. I said to him to first be focused here. “
“If you earn the right to be with us it’s because I can promise you that you are going to have minutes. But in those minutes you need to learn. “
“And in the pre-season at the moment he’s playing like we want. “
“The young players who are here, this is the moment for them to show how we can use them to help us in the season.”