Ekuban's first Leeds United goal earns club's ex-star's praise

Amid compliments for the Ghanaian, Noel Whelan has urged the 24-year-old to work more on his finishing

After eight months with Leeds United, Ghanaian striker Caleb Ekuban broke his goal duck in the English Championship on Friday. 

The 24-year-old's fourth minute opener at home to Bolton Wanderers was the signal of good tidings as Pablo Hernandez added a second goal in the 50th minute before Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for the away side.

Friday's fixture was the Italian-born's 14th league appearance involving eight starts for the Whites since joining the club in July last year. 

“I think his overall performance was good," former Leeds ace Noel Whelan said about the Ghanaian on BBC Radio Leeds

"He worked the back four, the channels, he held the ball up [and], he did his tracking back and tackled.

“He got his goal more importantly and that will do him the world of good.

“But he's got to be more clinical because he could have had a hat-trick.

“I think the players are now starting to understand his runs and when he makes them.”

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It has been a tough time for Ekuban at Elland Road as his form aside, the striker has had to battle with injuries, one of such setbacks keeping him on the sidelines for almost three months.

The attacker, 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.