There isn’t many players left to come back into the first-team fold at the moment, although some can’t get into the squad purely because Thomas Christiansen isn’t picking them. One is set to return, Caleb Ekuban. How long it will be before he comes back we don’t quite know, but we liked what we saw before he was injured, and he could make an impact on return.
At the moment we have Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki that can play up front, along with Kemar Roofe who has scored more than those three combined in two games playing as a striker. Lasogga started very well but has struggled to even have a shot in the last two games and Jay-Roy Grot hasn’t really caught the imagination. Add that to Pawel Cibicki who hasn’t had one minute of game-time in the league and options are very scarce. If I’m honest Caleb Ekuban had drifted from my mind in the drama of the last few weeks and he shouldn’t have, because I think he could make a difference to this Leeds side currently.
It’s hard to describe Ekuban because he is so raw. He is lightning when he gets going and is a powerful lad. He can do a bit of everything but I wouldn’t say I can put my finger on what he is best at. We still don’t know if he will get the amount of goals needed at this level but when he has played he adds another dimension to the way we play. We certainly can’t go long because he isn’t big enough to be winning flicks but what I noticed when he played with Saiz and Alioski was that they are all thinking similar things. Kemar Roofe also came into the fold and between them all we looked very dynamic going forward.
If we added Sacko in with the likes of Ekuban, Saiz and Alioksi you would have the basis of a very fast counter attacking side, something we don’t have with Hernandez, Roofe and Lasogga win with Saiz at the moment. Ekuban doesn’t strike me as being prolific but if we are to pit balls into his feet or the channels then I think getting hold of him for defenders will be a bit of a nightmare. Lasogga has really struggled in the last few games and what has become very obvious is that he isn’t so much of an outlet when we have our backs against the wall. He may not be the typical Championship forward but it would be great to have him back in the squad currently and hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later.