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‘He’ll miss the flight’ – These Leeds fans were far from gutted to see striker leave on summer loan but he is beginning to prove himself

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Hopes were high when Leeds United signed young striker Caleb Ekuban in the summer of 2017 for just over £500,000

He arrived from Serie A side Chievo Verona but had spent the previous campaign with Albanian side FK Partizani, where he scored an impressive 18 goals in 42 appearances.

That was enough for Thomas Christiansen to bring him in on a four-year contract, arriving with the image of the club’s next star striker.

After scoring on his debut in a 4-1 League Cup win against Port Vale it looked like he could indeed go on to great things.

But that was to be only one of two goals he would score that season, with the second coming in a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers late in the season.

With Marcelo Bielsa arriving in the summer, however, Ekuban dropped down the pecking order and was sent out on loan.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

Super Lig side Trabzonspor was to be the 24-year-old’s destination where the Whites hoped he would be able to rediscover the goalscoring touch he showed in Albania.

The fans however, were not so optimistic. Some were, but many were glad to see him go:

The early signs in Turkey have been incredibly promising, however.

He scored on his league debut against the Whites’ historic rivals Galatasaray in a thumping 4-0 win and doubled his tally in the club’s most recent match against Kayserispor, sparking emotional celebrations from Ekuban whose mother had died earlier in the week.

Whilst he is yet to nail down a permanent starting spot at the club, he is definitely starting to show the quality that caught the eye of Christiansen back in 2017.


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