Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban has revealed he is ready to start for the club in their clash against Aston Villa on Friday.
The powerful forward was handed just his second league start of the season in the 2-0 win against Barnsley over the weekend, having been sidelined for over two months with a broken foot bone suffered in his first Championship appearance against Sunderland.
It was only his third Leeds outing since joining from Chievo Verona over the summer, and he was chosen by manager Thomas Christiansen to lead the line against the Tykes ahead of Kemar Roofe, with regular first choice Pierre Michel Lasogga out of action through injury.
Now the 23-year-old insists he is ready to keep his place in the starting line up when Aston Villa visit Elland Road on Friday night, as he looks to get off the mark in England’s second tier, having netted in the League Cup on his debut.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I said the other week that whoever is in top form plays. I think I’ve proved that I’m okay and in good condition, even if I had a long injury.
“I’m available for the coach and if he calls me, I’m in.
“I think I helped the team as the coach wanted. I tried my best to put the pressure on the defenders – to not let them think and play as they wanted”
Leeds, sitting eighth in the Championship, play host to Villa sitting six points behind Steve Bruce’s side, who beat Ipswich Town 2-0 in their last outing to retain their place in the play off spots, currently in fourth spot.
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