Ekuban impresses Leeds United boss on Championship bow

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Thomas Christiansen hails the Ghanaian's impact during his maiden league appearance for the Whites

Caleb Ekuban may have suffered an unfortunate injury on his league debut for Leeds United but the attacker apparently caught the eye of manager Thomas Christiansen before being forced off around the hour mark.

Owing to uncertainty over the future of lead striker Chris Wood, the Italian-born of Ghanaian descent was handed a surprise start as the Whites claimed a 2-0 away victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was replaced by Stuart Dallas in the 62nd minute after pulling up injured.

“Everyone played a good game," Christiansen told LUTV.

"There was a lot of pressure on Caleb Ekuban to replace Chris Wood, but he did it perfectly, he made good runs and kept the ball really well which was good for the team.

“We have had a difficult couple of days, but the response was perfect and one that I expected of my team, of which I am very satisfied with the performance of my side.

“The most important thing is getting the three points and keeping a clean sheet is another good thing, it is the third in a row so the team is getting consistent at the back and we also managed to score two nice goals.

"We are planning without Chris Wood now and we are expecting a busy end to the transfer window."

Ekuban joined Leeds on a three-year deal from Italian outfit Chievo Verona last month.

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On his competitive bow, he scored a goal and created another as the Whites picked up a 4-1 win over Port Vale in the League Cup earlier this month.

With Wood completing a surprise switch to Burnley on Monday, the Ghanaian could lead the lines for Christiansen's outfit this season.

 

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