By David Woods

14th Mar, 2018 | 6:43pm

'Killed the season for me' - Orta signing admits big problems in first year at Leeds

Leeds striker Caleb Ekuban has been left frustrated after his first season with Leeds, following injury problems since his move.

Ekuban joined Leeds for £500k from Chievo Verona in the summer but he’s only managed 13 appearances, with just the one goal in the EFL Cup.

He’s still waiting for his first league goal but it’s been a stop-start season after he fractured his metatarsal on his Championship debut.

He returned for fives games before fracturing another bone in his foot in December and has made just two starts in the league since then.

He led the line against Reading in the 2-2 draw and came close to scoring, but admits that this season has been a write-off for him.

“It’s been tough but it’s all about learning and growing up,” Ekuban said to LUTV as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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“I had a couple of injuries that, let’s say, killed the season for me personally, but now I’m back and I’m trying to find my rhythm.

“I’ve had quite a lot of opportunities to play and I just hope to get the momentum going.

“The more you play as a striker the more you feel confidence. That’s what I’m searching for and, hopefully, I can score one or two goals and have more confidence in myself.”

Football Insider verdict:

It’s been a tough season for Ekuban, of that there can be no doubt. But the jury is still out as to whether he can score the goals that Leeds need to fire themselves to promotion next season. There’s no time for sympathy. Paul Heckingbottom has got a few months to decide which of his current squad is good enough for next season, and if Ekuban gets another chance against Sheffield Wednesday he needs to start burying any chances he gets. He will get more starts between now and the end of the season. The question is, can he convince Heckingbottom and fans that he can lead the line next season? 

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