Turkish outfit Trabzonspor are happy with the performances of Leeds United loanee Calub Ekuban despite the fact he has played just 24 minutes for the club, Turkish-Football says.
Signed from Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in the summer, Calub Ekuban looked set to instantly become a key-part of Trabzonspor’s side this season after scoring on his debut in the surprise victory over defending champions Galatasaray.
However, the 24-year-old has come off the bench to make just two further appearances since then and has accumulated a total of just 24 minutes of action this season – suggesting that he is struggling with the Eastern European side.
However, Turkish-Football report that Trabzonspor are still happy with the player’s performances and he just needs more time to settle into the club, while good form from Hugo Rodallega and Burak Yilmaz has also attributed to the lack of opportunities for the Ghanaian forward.
With Leeds seeing their attacking options depleted by injuries to Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, the latter of which is a long-term absence, questions will be asked as to whether Ekuban could have had a part to play in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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The 24-year-old has more experience than Tyler Roberts, the player who has stood in to lead the line amidst Leeds’ injury woes, but his record in front of goal at Elland Road saw Ekuban score once in just 20 league appearances.
Leeds should therefore not be too concerned about a loan spell that has led to few minutes so far this season as the departure was not to develop the player and, instead, was due to the fact that he was not needed by Bielsa.
However, Leeds will hope that Ekuban does make an impression as a permanent sale is likely to be on the agenda for the pacey striker to ensure he never plays for them again.