Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Chievo Verona striker Caleb Ekuban for an undisclosed fee, with the 23-year-old becoming boss Thomas Christiansen’s latest summer deal during his inaugural transfer window.
The relatively unknown frontman sealed his future at Elland Road on a four-year deal after netting 17 goals for Albanian side Partizani Tirana on loan last term.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) July 12, 2017
The Italy-born talisman was permitted to leave the Serie A side after failing to appear once for the club he joined and developed with as a youngster.
However, Ekuban has played regular first-team football since graduating from the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi academy, enjoying four fruitful loan spells since 2013, including his time in Albania.
The attacker, who also has the opportunity to represent Ghana at international level, will now join up with the Leeds squad ahead of their pre-season trip to Austria later this week.
It is thought the Whites hierarchy were keen to add more firepower up top ahead of the upcoming campaign following the club’s unsuccessful promotion push last term.
Elland Road fan favourite Chris Wood finished up as the Championship’s top goalscorer with 30, however worryingly for the Yorkshire club the New Zealander was also streets ahead of any other United player, with Kyle Bartley finishing as the second highest converter to his teammate after netting just six.
Ekuban has shown he is able to find the back of the net regularly when given the chance, however whether the 23-year-old will be able to translate his prolific record in front of goal at a higher level remains to be seen.
This seemed to be a concern amongst Leeds fans following the youngster’s announcement, with many questioning whether their new signing would be able to prove himself in the second-tier of English football.
But there were also some who seemed to believe that these concerns would be quashed and that the striker’s signing is one that should be met with anticipation giving that Leeds were so short of options up top last year, and after the confirmation they took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Ekuban is a highly rated striker with high potential value and proven pace and power
— Anthony Ward (@AnthonyWard10) July 12, 2017
I like the idea of long term deals for kids that have proven it in this division but 4 years for Ekuban?!? I really am not a fan of this.
— Eric (@EMcLean1982) July 11, 2017
All the signings so far have addressed clear needs in squad for promotion IMO. Even Ekuban is pace up front which we don't have.
— SA (@Aravind_SA) July 11, 2017
Ekuban seems a huge punt compared to who we've signed so far. I guess wait and see with that one.
— Tá»´ (@kaspano) July 11, 2017
All Ekuban aren't we
— Ali Gray (@grayie_yra) July 11, 2017
Christiansen seems to have a plan a b c & D, attacking wise we look like several styles. This Ekuban could offer us a different dimension
— Lucas Gibson (@LucasG1998) July 11, 2017
Ekuban looks strong, two massive lads up front, having that. 4-4-2
— jackâœðŸ¼ (@jackjackjack486) July 11, 2017
Will Ekuban perform ?
— Nathan Ford (@NathanFordYT) July 11, 2017
Excited to see what ekuban can do. Recruitment seems to have been good so far so hoping this is the same
— JosephðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡§ (@JosephBrowno) July 11, 2017