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Caleb Ekuban leaves Leeds United on loan

Striker goes to Turkey on a loan deal to Trabzonspor

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Leeds United announced today that Caleb Ekuban has left the club to go on a season-long loan deal to Super Lig club Trabzonspor. The deal reportedly also includes an option to buy.

Ekuban had joined Leeds last summer in a deal with Chievo Veroa after flourishing in the Albanian league with FK Partizani Tirané, but he failed to make an impact at Leeds last year.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban has completed a move to Trabzonspor on a season-long loan deal.

Ekuban joined Leeds in Chievo Verona in July 2017 and went on to make 21 appearances for the Whites during the 2017/18 campaign in all competitions, scoring two goals.

Ekuban started well for Leeds, scoring a goal in his debut in the League Cup match against Port Vale, but he broke his foot against Sunderland after starting in place of Chris Wood before Wood’s departure for Burnley. After coming back from that injury, he broke it again and was out for another few weeks.

The rest of the season seemed to go downhill from his debut, as he only scored one other goal in 20 league appearances.

He started 12 matches and was subbed on in eight other matches, and never seemed to be good enough to be a regular Championship player.

Ekuban had great pace and always worked hard, but washing machines work hard. His work rate was never in doubt, but his ability to finish just never seemed to come around.

Hopefully he’ll be able to catch on in Turkey and find a career there.