Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has told Asempa FM, as quoted by Ghana Football, that Leeds United loanee Caleb Ekuban has cemented his place in Ghana’s national team.
Ekuban, 25, has been in excellent form for Trabzonspor on loan from Leeds. His form saw the Italian-born striker called up to represent Ghana during the recent international break.
The former Chievo man scored on his debut in a 1-0 win over Kenya in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. He then made it two from two with a goal in a 3-1 win over Mauritiana.
Gyan, 33, who also plays in Turkey with Kayserispor and has played 106 times for Ghana, was very complimentary of Leeds star Ekuban and believes the striker has justified his selection.
“Ekuban has justified himself for now because you cannot take just one or two games to judge a striker. But it looks like he has justified himself because he has played two games of which he never played the full ninety minutes.
“In all the games whenever he came on he made sure he scored a goal. They have all been crucial goals and I think he has proven himself. Looking at his ratio for the Black Stars, for now, I think he has proven himself to be out there.”
It is big praise for Ekuban. To hear the striker spoke of so highly by a player that has played at the top level, for the likes of Rennes, Sunderland and for Ghana at World Cups, Ekuban will be delighted.
As for his future at Leeds, it looks as though Ekuban may remain in Turkey. A £900,000 clause (Miliyet) in his loan-to-buy deal has been reported frequently.
Seven goals and three assists, playing up front, out wide and in the 10 role may prove to tempting for Trabzonspor not to sign him. It remains to be seen what Marcelo Bielsa has in store for the attacker.