Not many at Leeds United will remember Caleb Ekuban too fondly. The Ghana international did not have the best of times during his debut year at Elland Road and quickly found himself on the fringes.
Marcelo Bielsa was quick to send him away from the Whites last summer as he joined Trabzonspor on loan and it seems he could be very close to packing his bags for good.
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Trabzonspor have confirmed on their Twitter handle that they will complete a deal and have informed all parties about their plans.
Yönetim Kurulumuzca; İngiltere'nin Leeds United FC'den kiralık olarak kadromuzda yer alan ve satın alma hakkı kulübümüzde bulunan profesyonel futbolcu Caleb Ekuban'ın satın alma hakkının kullanılmasına karar verilmiş olup futbolcu ve ilgili kulübe gerekli bildirimler yapılmıştır pic.twitter.com/Zy6U194QuB
— Trabzonspor Kulübü (@Trabzonspor) May 3, 2019
The Super Lig outfit will exercise the €1million (£850k) option they have before it expires at the end of this month after impressing with his commitment and work ethic.
Ekuban’s imminent departure from Leeds is hardly going to upset anyone at Elland Road, whilst it would not be surprising if it brought a sense of delight to the club instead.
The Ghana international really struggled during his time at the Peacocks in his first season, having arrived from Chievo in the summer of 2017. The forward netted just twice in his 21 matches for the Whites and was immediately frozen out of Bielsa’s plans when the Argentine joined last summer.
Despite finding his feet in Turkey with Trabzonspor and seeing his form improve the more he plays, whether Ekuban would be able to bring those performances into the English game is highly debatable.
Keeping him on the books would have been nothing short of disastrous for Leeds as they already have a number of strikers ahead of him in the pecking order, although it would not be a shock if the club looked to add more to their ranks next season, regardless of the division they will be in.
Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe have not necessarily been clinical enough in front of goal at times this year and their quiet spells may have had a negative impact on the club’s chances of playing in the Premier League next year.
Leeds fans, how pleased will you be to see Ekuban finally depart permanently this summer? Do you think £850k is a good price to receive for him considering how things went? Let us know your thoughts below.
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