Pontus Jansson praises Leeds United teammate Caleb Ekuban

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

Caleb Ekuban’s performance against Barnsley last weekend should see him remain in the Leeds United team against Aston Villa this evening.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates scoring the first Leeds goal with Pontus Jansson of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds...

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told LUTV that Caleb Ekuban played well against Barnsley away from home in the Championship last weekend.

Ekuban started the match at Oakwell and played for the entire 90 minutes, as the Whites won 2-0.

The 22-year-old Ghanian striker, who joined Leeds from Chievo in the summer transfer window, played well, and his performance impressed his teammate Jansson.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

Jansson told LUTV: “Caleb also in the last game, he was really important for us, ran a lot, made a lot of space for the other players. We need a striker like him to run a lot and create space for the others.”

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

Ekuban may not have scored against Barnsley last weekend, but his performance against them was very encouraging.

The youngster is hungry for games and is very enthusiastic, and head coach Thomas Christiansen should include him in his starting lineup against Aston Villa at Elland Road in the Championship this weekend.

Villa have problems at the back, and deploying Ekuban in attack will enable Leeds to exploit them.

The win against Barnsley will have given Leeds confidence, and the Whites should feel good about this evening’s match even though Steve Bruce’s Villa are in great form at the moment.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch