Director confirms Trabzonspor's plans for Leeds loanee Caleb Ekuban

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Caleb Ekuban scored one Championship goal for Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa sent him to Turkey last summer.

Caleb Ekuban of Leeds United  during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Trabzonspor director Haluk Sahin has admitted that the club want to sign Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban on a permanent basis this summer, in quotes reported by Sporx.

The Parma-born striker joined Leeds on a four-year deal in the summer of 2017, arriving from Chievo Verona after a 17-goal loan spell in Albania with Partizani Tirana.

But it seems unlikely that Ekuban will see out his four-year contract at Elland Road. Ekuban scored just one Championship goal in his debut season on British shores and joined Trabzonspor on loan last year.

 

The Turkish Super Lig outit have the option to sign Ekuban permanently for around £1 million (Aksam) and, after he scored seven times in all competitions, it seems they will jump at the chance to keep the 25-year-old at the Medical Park Arena.

“Ekuban is very valuable, very dedicated,” Sahin told Sporx. “We will sit down and talk with him at the end of the season.

Caleb Ekuban (18) of Trabzonspor celebrates after scoring a goal with his team mates during Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Kayserispor and Trabzonspor at the Kadir Has Stadium in...

“He wants to continue his journey with us. Our board of directors will evaluate our economic conditions at the end of the season and make the decision).”

Ekuban has impressed in Turkey this season, leading some to suggest that the hard-working striker deserves a second chance in West Yorkshire. Mateusz Klich, after all, was written off by the majority before returning to star in the Championship.

The Ghana international netted the winner on his Black Stars debut against Kenya at the weekend and followed that up with a further goal in the 3-1 win against Mauritiana on Tuesday night.

Caleb Ekuban of Trabzonspor gestures during a friendly match between Trabzonspor and ADO Den Haag in Antalya, Turkey on January 8, 2019.

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