Caleb Ekuban's pre-season performances suggest he could be the perfect impact sub for Leeds

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The forward may not start too many matches for Leeds United this season but he could still play a vital role.

While Chris Wood is the undeniable first-choice striker at Leeds United, new Whites manager Thomas Christiansen arrived at Elland Road knowing reinforcements were necessary.

An over-reliance on the New Zealand international saw Leeds slip out of the play-off places at the death last season and the Elland Road heirarchy were in no mood to witness a repeat.

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

As a consequence Leeds quickly signed Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Caleb Ekuban, and while much has been made of the former pair over the summer, less has been said of the latter.

The 23-year-old has been a regular fixture on the bench for Leeds during pre-season, but when he has arrived in the second half he has shown the skill-set required to excel in the Championship.

What is quickly noticeable is his work rate - his desire to track back and his constant energy - and while fans will not want him running around like the proverbial headless chicken, if he can channel that in the right way Ekuban could be the ideal impact sub.

A powerful, speedy player with the ability to pray on tired defences, Ekuban already looks to have moved ahead of the disappointing Marcus Antonsson in the pecking order at Elland Road, and while Saiz and Alioski have shown more since their arrival, the Ghanaian could be just as important in his own way.

Leeds need a player who can come off the bench when things are not going their way and immediately change the game.

On early evidence Ekuban appears to fit the bill, with his solid if brief performance against Oxford another example of what he can do.

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