'Second to none', 'Masterclass' - Leeds fans rave over Christiansen decision v Aston Villa
Leeds United fans have taken to social media to react to news that striker Caleb Ekuban has kept his place in the starting XI for the clash against Aston Villa at Elland Road.
The club revealed the starting line up for Friday’s clash via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that manager Thomas Christiansen had chosen to make one change from the side which beat Barnsley in their last outing.
Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Berardi, Phillips, Vieira, Alioski, Hernandez, Saiz, Ekuban pic.twitter.com/qrmyuVgwB3
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 1, 2017
Eunan O’Kane, who is injured for the clash, is replaced by Ronaldo Vieira, but the rest of the side star the same from the one which saw off the Tykes 2-0 at Oakwell.
One decision from the manager which delighted the fans was to keep Ekuban, a summer signing from Chievo Verona, starting in the striker’s role, which has been filled by the likes of Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel Lasogga throughout the season.
They took to Twitter to voice their joy at seeing him named among the starters, in what will only be his third league start for the club.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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Best possible 11 we can select right now. Great to see Ekuban getting a chance. #LUFC
3 subs I’d use:
— Mr (@MarkOLeary_10) December 1, 2017
Buzzing that Ekuban keeps starting, absolute work horse ????
— Brad Webb (@BradWebb96) December 1, 2017
Prince Ekuban vs Chris samba ????????????
— Billy McGlennon (@chuckielufc) December 1, 2017
Caleb Ekuban masterclass needed tonight
— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) December 1, 2017
Got a feeling Ekuban is bagging tonight
— Jordan Smith (@Jordan_Smith222) December 1, 2017
He enables the 3 behind him to be a lot more fluid, we've lacked his type up top with Lassoga he's far to immobile for the style we want to be playing. Work rate of Ekuban second to none too
— Kuruption (@Wevegotsaiz) December 1, 2017
ekuban to run rings round samba tonight come on leeds https://t.co/QDzjomh7yV
— neil davy (@neilstuartdavy) December 1, 2017
Ekuban has made a total of just five appearances across all competitions prior to Friday’s clash, with a broken foot bone limiting his appearances.
The Whites are currently sitting in eighth place in England’s second tier, three points off Derby County in sixth, six points behind Steve Bruce’s Villa side in fourth and 15 points adrift of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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