By Harry Sykes
Caleb Ekuban led the Leeds United attack in the absence of exit-bound Chris Wood in their 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday evening – and fans took to Twitter to praise the summer signing.
Manager Thomas Christiansen reacted to the absence of the Championship’s top scorer in 2016-17 by handing a full league debut Ekuban, who joined from Italian club Chievo earlier in the window.
The 23-year-old did not get on the scoresheet but showed some promising signs before pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury after 62 minutes.
This meant that Leeds played without an orthodox front man for the final third of the fixture but were still able to secure what was a notable win through goals from Samu Saiz and Stuart Dallas.
The Elland Road faithful took to social media in their droves to deliver their verdicts on the performance of Ekuban.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Josh Hardisty (@J_Hardy) August 19, 2017
What a performance, we look a quality side, Saiz and alioski are brilliant!! Really hope Ekuban isn’t out for too long, he played well #lufc
— Super Leeds United (@superlufc1919) August 19, 2017
Cooper and Janson brilliant, Saiz and Allioski class above, Ekuban ropey up top, need to invest Wood money wisely, great result though #LUFC
— larney larn (@Lewis_Lehane) August 19, 2017
— Seán Duffy (@seantduffy) August 19, 2017
Antonsson loaned out. Wood going. Ekuban pulled up. We have nobody upfront ???????????? LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS ???????????? #LUFC
— Olli (@OlliB23) August 19, 2017
Ekuban has done well,plus he has some speed when he gets going, so unlucky to get injured ???? #lufc
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) August 19, 2017
#lufc shame to see ekuban go off, looked very good. Technically far superior to that other striker we have…forget his name.. MOT
— Richard LUFC (@hellion_manage) August 19, 2017
Was proper rooting for Ekuban. Really wanted him to impress but that’s 4-6 weeks out if he’s torn it. Minimum. Gutted for him #LUFC
— Carl Timmins (@carltimmins18) August 19, 2017
Leeds are now unbeaten from the opening four league matches of the season, securing two away wins and two home draws.
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