Can Leeds United's forgotten man Caleb Ekuban make the difference for Heckingbottom?

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Caleb Ekuban remains a mystery to Leeds fans, can he become the difference this weekend?

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.

Paul Heckingbottom is hoping he can turn around Leeds United's flailing season and get them back into the play-off hunt.

If Heckingbottom is to have success, he needs some luck as well as smart management.

One area where his predecessor was not fortunate concerned summer signing Caleb Ekuban.

Ekuban scored 17 goals in 34 games on loan in Albania last season, convincing Leeds to take a punt and sign him up.

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

His time under Thomas Christiansen was wrecked by injuries, which have largely kept Ekuban sidelined.

He has one goal in the Carabao Cup, and only six Championship appearances. He is yet to score a league goal but he has looked bright and helped the team with his movement up front.

Ekuban has just lacked luck, and if his fortunes can turn, he could make a big difference to Heckingbottom.

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.

The Ghanaian striker is now approaching fitness, with Heckingbottom telling Leeds Live he is back in training.

Ekuban has become somewhat of a forgotten man, but also one who Leeds fans never really got to know in the first place.

Focus is on new signing Tyler Roberts, while Pierre-Michel Lasogga showed against Millwall what he is capable of.

Ekuban will have to fight for his place in the team and starting against Sheffield United does not seem on the radar.

Roberts' signing was partly in response to Ekuban not being a factor this season so far, and if he can fight his way into the starting line up and start scoring then it would be a significant bonus for Heckingbottom.

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