Caleb Ekuban asked if he did enough in Leeds win to keep place for Villa clash

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Caleb Ekuban started Leeds United's Championship victory over Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Caleb Ekuban has told BBC Radio Leeds that he hopes that he has done enough since returning to the Leeds team to keep his place in the starting lineup when they take on Aston Villa on Friday.

Ekuban made his first start since August in the Whites' victory over Barnsley on Saturday, having made a couple of substitute appearances in the games leading up to the Yorkshire derby. 

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

And while he did not get on the scoresheet at Oakwell, his performance was incredibly encouraging and arguably proved one of the reasons why Leeds were able to secure a 2-0 win that takes them up to eighth in the Championship. Nevertheless, he refused to get carried away and assume that he had done enough to retain his spot for the Villans clash.

"I hope so. I think I helped the team but you never know. As I told you last week, who is in the top form, plays. I think I proved that I'm okay, I'm in good condition, even after I had that long injury so I'm available for the coach. If he calls me, I'm in," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

After Leeds' win over Barnsley, it would surely be no surprise if there were a number of fans who were keen to see Ekuban keep his place in the team as it was an extremely impressive display from the summer signing, as he displayed the kind of work-rate that the supporters have wanted to see from Pierre-Michel Lasogga, often defending from the front. 

And with Villa in superb form right now, having a player leading the line who is not afraid to put the effort in when the opposition have the ball may perhaps give Thomas Christiansen's side a much better chance of bursting the Villans' bubble and following up the Barnsley win with another positive result.

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