Ghana's Ekuban on the spotlight at Leeds United

Caleb Ekuban
Coach Thomas Christiansen talks about the centre-foward's push for a starting place

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen reveals new signing Caleb Ekuban has put himself in contention for a starting place after an impressive outing in midweek.

On his debut following a three-year transfer from Italian side Chievo Verona, the 23-year-old scored a goal and created another as the Whites picked up a 4-1 win over Port Vale in the League Cup.

He sat out Saturday's Championship opener against Bolton Wanderers.

“When I played I was a striker, it is important for our players to get confidence and you are measured on goals, so it was good for Caleb Ekuban to get on the score-sheet," Christiansen said, as reported by his club's official website.

“In the second half, everyone stepped it up a gear, it wasn’t enough in the first half and it is important for the team to keep giving me a selection headache.”

“This win was important and it was also good to see the players who didn’t have the opportunity to play against Bolton Wanderers."

Ekuban is in line to make his Championship debut on Saturday.

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Despite catching the eye, the forward is unlikely to be handed a starting berth in the welcome of Preston North Ends.

The Italian-born, who wants to represent Ghana at senior level owing to his parentage, was on the books of Albanian side Partizani Tirana last season, scoring 17 times in 34 league appearances.