Caleb Ekuban's importance to Leeds United has significantly increased

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

Caleb Ekuban could receive a great deal of game time at Leeds United, following an injury to Tyler Roberts.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Caleb Ekuban may just have become vital for Leeds United, against all odds.

Ekuban has played just 12 minutes for Leeds since the start of December, due to injury.

The 23-year-old’s first-team chances looked bleak at the point when Leeds spent big money to bring in Tyler Roberts from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window.

West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

However, Roberts is set to be out for a lengthy period of time, after picking up an injury in training.

And Ekuban could now have an important role to play under Paul Heckingbottom.

Pierre Michel-Lasogga is likely to continue to lead the line up-front, but Ekuban offers a very different sort of option.

Lasogga’s main strength lies in his aerial ability and his power, but Ekuban has other qualities.

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

The former Chievo man works tirelessly up top, and his pace can stretch opposition defences.

Roberts would have offered a similar skill-set, and looked to be ahead of Ekuban in the selection order.

But the youngster’s injury means that Ekuban could yet have plenty of time to prove his worth to Leeds.

And Ekuban may well prove to be a vital player for the Whites between now and the end of the season.

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