Italian-born striker of Ghanaian descent Caleb Ansah Ekuban believes he has improved in the past years to be a success at Leeds United after signing a three-year move from Chievo Verona.
The 23-year-old spent last season with Albanian giants Partizani Tirana scoring 17 goals in 37 appearances as the club finished second in the local top-flight.
“I improved a lot because I was in a totally different context,” Ekuban told Leeds' website.
“They gave me trust and they let me know that I was important for them. Those kinds of thoughts helped me to get better.
“I felt happy to be playing, happy in the club, and pleased to be at a place which gave me the support. It was good for me,” he added.
Despite Ekuban spending majority of his time at Chievo, he couldn't make a single senior appearance and blames the club's objectives for his inability.
“I tried to find that trust at Chievo but Chievo are a team who are always trying to save themselves from relegation.
“They have a mentality where they use experienced players to keep themselves in the league. There is nothing else to say, apart from to say that I’m really happy to be at Leeds and I hope to have that trust here," Ekuban said.
“No, absolutely no,” he said when asked if he had intentions to stay at Chievo.
“Trust me, I was dreaming to play in the Championship and also the Premier League since I was a little kid. When I had the possibility to get to England, I said ‘that’s it. My first impression [of Leeds] is something that really touches you. It’s a great team, a great club.
“Everything they are doing looks like something focused on becoming a bigger team. It’s really impressive.
“Let’s just say that I’m not afraid. I know that the Championship is a strong league but I’m strong too. If I get the rhythm I don’t think I’ll suffer physically,” he added.
Ekuban has joined his new teammates and will travel to Austria for the pre-season by the weekend before the Championship begins next month.