By Russell Edge
Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban has revealed that he has been encouraged by his dad to emulate the performances of Whites icon Tony Yeboah during his time at Elland Road.
The 23-year-old was a summer signing from Chievo Verona and was one of three striking options signed by Thomas Christiansen to compete for the chance to lead the line, along with Pierre Michel Lasogga and Jay-Roy Grot.
However, he has not been given the chance to prove himself due to injury, with a broken foot bone suffered in his first league outing, and his second ever appearance for the club, forcing him out of action for two months following surgery.
He made his return in the 2-1 win against Middlesbrough on Sunday, coming off the bench, and is in line to contribute when the Whites travel to Molineux to take on league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Now he is back to full fitness, he has revealed that he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Ghanaian and cult hero at Elland Road Yeboah, who scored 32 goals, many of which were spectacular, in 66 appearances at the club.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I heard about Leeds and Tony Yeboah because I’m also a Ghanaian.
“My dad would speak about him saying ‘you have to watch how he plays’. I’d say ‘it’s not so easy dad! But I will try’.
“If the gaffer calls me I’m ready but if he doesn’t, I’m also ready.
“Every player in the team wants to start. Me too, but in Italy they say ‘a team that wins never changes’.
“The higher the competition, the higher the quality of the team. If we play as we did in the last match we can beat everybody.”
Leeds are currently sitting down in ninth place ahead of their clash with the table toppers, three points off of Derby County in the last of the play off spots and already 12 points adrift of Wolves at the summit.
In other Leeds United news, the club have embarked on a domestic transfer mission to snap up a top prospect.