Caleb Ekuban has broken his way into Leeds' starting line-up of late.
Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is confident of a top-six finish in the Championship this season, and implied that his side can do better than the play-offs.
The Whites currently sit eighth in the second division of English football, after losing eight of their last 11 league and cup outings. However, manager Thomas Christiansen will be confident his side can turn things around.
He watched Ekuban and co. earn a vital three points away at Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, thanks to goals from Samu Saiz and Gjanni Alioski. He will be looking for more as the Whites play host to Aston Villa on Friday night.
Ekuban, 23, started the 2-0 win over Paul Heckingbottom's side at Oakwell and impressed in the absence of Pierre-Michel Lasogga. With confidence flowing, he believes Leeds have the quality to challenge for the top two promotion places.
“I think that the play-offs are quite okay for our standards because we think there are not too many teams that are better than us," Ekuban said. "We think that the play-offs will be the right goal and I always think that we can even achieve more.
“There is a huge expectation but we know that we are players that can deal with that kind of pressure and we are showing it. Okay, maybe two or three weeks ago we didn’t show it but we know that we are comfortable playing under pressure."
Leeds go up against an in-form Villa side on Friday night at Elland Road, as the Midlands giants come into the game following three straight wins in which Albert Adomah has scored five of their six goals to earn nine points.
Leeds must keep the Ghana international quiet if they are to replicate the three points they earned at Elland Road last season, thanks to goals from Kemar Roofe and Chris Wood.
Three points for Leeds could see them climb into sixth place with the weekend's action ahead of them, if Derby County lose to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.