Should I remove sideshoots/leafs from an eggplant.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
If they are coming out close to the base, then yes you can. If they are higher up, then they will be fine left on.
The lower growth will sap nutrients from the rest of the plant, so removing them will help in the long run.
This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/eggplant/growing-eggplant.htm