Caleb Ekuban knows he's not Leeds' first-choice striker but insists he intends to provide competition

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

Caleb Ekuban made his competitive Leeds United debut in their Carabao Cup win over Port Vale at Elland Road.

Caleb Ekuban has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that he is aware that he is not Leeds' first-choice striker currently, but insisted that he is determined to provide Chris Wood with as much competition as possible.

Ekuban was one of a number of summer signings made by the Whites, and he arrived in a somewhat intriguing situation given that he had been prolific last season while on loan in Albania but was joining a club which boasted the Championship's leading goalscorer from last term, with Wood scoring 30 times in all competitions.

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

Thomas Christiansen's desire to use just one forward in his preferred system suggests that Ekuban may have to bide his time and wait for his opportunities - but after featuring and scoring in the Carabao Cup clash with Port Vale in midweek, the 22-year-old suggested that he is more than aware that his chances will be restricted.

"I work as always, to give the best every day. I know he's [Wood] a great striker, he's the first choice and he's doing quite good so we know that we have to create competition for each other to always be at the top - this is what we are trying to do," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

It was often suggested last season that one of Leeds' main Achilles heels was the lack of goals coming from the rest of the squad - especially the strikers that were meant to be supporting Wood.

While, of course, it was never going to be easy for the likes of Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara to be prolific up front when they were only given brief chances up front, they also arguably gave Garry Monk little hope that the team would thrive when Wood was missing.

But, while the calibre of the cup opposition may be preventing most fans from getting carried away with Ekuban's debut, his performance in the second-half in particular and the way he took his goal certainly suggests that Leeds may have found a striker capable of providing Wood with the support that he probably needed last season.

Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3, 2017 in...

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