8 goals, 3 assists – Leeds should rather keep hold of their on-loan star instead of investing on a striker in the summer

Leeds United opinion: Why Leeds should not sell Caleb Ekuban

According to a report from Turkish media outlet Fanatik, Super Lig side Trabzonspor are set to hold talks with Leeds United in the coming weeks over a permanent deal for Caleb Ekuban.

The Ghanian has been on loan with the Turkish outfit since the beginning of the season and has been hugely impressive so far this season.

Leeds are in a tight battle with Sheffield United to achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season. Marcelo Bielsa’s magic looks to be working at Elland Road and a return to the Premier League after ages will be a massive achievement.

The Whites will need all the help that they can get if they manage to get into the Premier League and one area where they will need strengthening is up front. Kemar Roofe has led the line brilliantly so far, having scored 14 goals in the Championship.

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Patrick Bamford has had a decent campaign too with 6 goals and 2 assists to his name but the former Chelsea man has struggled previously in the Premier League.

Leeds would need reinforcements up front and instead of spending a whole lot of money on a new striker, they can just keep Caleb Ekuban.

The 25-year-old has had a fine campaign in Turkey, having scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists in all competitions so far. The Ghanian has become a favourite at Trabzonspor due to his hugely impressive performances and the Turkish outfit rightly want to sign him on a permanent deal.

Ekuban is a modern-day number 9 who is capable of creating chances for himself, thanks to his intelligence on the football pitch. The former Chievo forward possesses blistering pace and has the ability to combine that with his outstanding dribbling skills to make his way into the box.

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Ekuban is also capable of playing on the shoulder of the last defender and his intelligent runs combined with his pace makes him unstoppable at times.

The Ghanaian is strong on both feet and is capable of having a pop at goal from either side of the box, which is a big asset in the Premier League where a striker needs to be proactive in and around the box.

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Conclusion

Leeds will be making a mistake if they let Ekuban leave permanently in the summer. A new striker to play second fiddle to an in-form Kemar Roofe will be hard to find in the summer but by bringing back Ekuban, Bielsa will have no shortage of depth in the striking department.

Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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