Leeds United ace Caleb Ekuban has revealed that manager Thomas Christiansen wants his forward players to contribute more defensively.
The 23-year-old striker made his first start since mid-August in the 2-0 Championship win over Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Saturday lunchtime.
Ekuban came close to scoring his first league goal for the club at Oakwell, but knows there is more to operating in the lone striker role than simply scoring goals.
Leeds have conceded 24 times in the league this season and Ekuban revealed that boss Christiansen has been trying to get his forwards to help the team out defensively.
“In the last few weeks he has tried to get the striker to help the defensive line by trying to press upfront and letting the defenders rest or have less risk,” Ekuban told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We are trying to help them in that way and I think Saturday was good.”
Ekuban joined the Whites on a four-year deal from Italian side Chievo Verona in the summer and has missed a large part of the campaign so far with a foot injury.
He has made five appearances for the club this season, scoring one goal in the EFL Cup win over Port Vale. Though he did not score on Saturday, Ekuban was praised for his commitment and his work both on and off the ball.
He expected to keep his place in the starting line-up ahead of on-loan striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga for the Championship showdown with fellow play-off hopefuls Aston Villa at Elland Road on Friday.
In other Leeds United news, this is how Whites fans reacted to Ekuban’s performance in the 2-0 win at Oakwell.