Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds' live post-match coverage of Leeds' Championship clash with Aston Villa (broadcast on 1st December 2017 from 19:00) that he has been extremely impressed by Caleb Ekuban during his recent run in the side, but insisted that he had one issue with the striker.
Ekuban has been excellent since coming back into the fold after a number of weeks on the sidelines due to injury, winning the supporters over with a number of tireless displays that have undoubtedly been one of the reasons for the Whites' upturn in form lately.
He was impressive once again in Friday's draw with Aston Villa, putting the Villans defenders under pressure with his pace that often meant that he was in contention to win a long ball even if the opposition had a head-start. And Whelan was full of praise for his contribution, but questioned whether Ekuban - who is still awaiting his first goal for the club in the Championship - should be Leeds' first-choice striker long-term.
"I do think we miss that out and out goalscorer that's not just going to lead the line and do the hard work and diagonal runs and run the channels but is also going to get the goals as well. I think that's where we're lacking.
"I see enough about him that he'd be a good player to have, but I can't see 20 goals a season in him. That's my issue here. We've let one go, but we've not replaced him with another striker that's going to get you those 20 goals," he added.
There are certainly encouraging signs for Ekuban that he may not be far off contributing goals, with the Ghanaian squandering great chances against Barnsley and Villa.
However, his lack of goals may perhaps leave Thomas Christiansen with a selection dilemma in the near future. Pierre-Michel Lasogga - who is currently sidelined - has scored a number of goals since arriving on loan, but a lot of the boxes that Ekuban ticks tend to be left unchecked when the German is leading the line, so the Dane will need to make a decision on whether the former's overall contribution makes him the better option to have in the team.