After a difficult time at Leeds United, Caleb Ekuban appears to be getting his career back on track and he may soon be on his way back to the United Kingdom.
According to Turkish outlet Fotospor earlier this year, the striker is now on Rangers’s radar after a better spell at Trabzonspor.
Remarkably, Fotospor’s report noted that Ekuban is now valued at £9 million having been sold by Leeds for just £900,000 last summer.
In truth, it is difficult to see the Gers paying that amount for the 26-year-old. But perhaps it should not be a huge surprise if Trabzonspor make a significant profit on the forward when they do come to sell him on.
Leeds will not lose much sleep over whatever happens to Ekuban. Even during the times when Patrick Bamford has come in for criticism, few fans have attempted to argue that selling the Ghana international was a mistake.
But perhaps, the reports concerning Ekuban may tempt the Championship leaders into a potential rethink over another player who arrived during the same summer.
Jay-Roy Grot hardly fared better during his one season in Leeds’s first-team plans. The Dutchman – who also joined in 2017 – matched Ekuban’s tally of one league goal. And it was not all that surprising when Leeds loaned him out following Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival.
Unlike Ekuban however, Grot remains on Leeds’s books, despite not making an appearance for the club since 2018.
And that means that the club have a decision to make regarding the 22-year-old’s future.
From the outside, it still looks unlikely that he will get another chance to play for Leeds while Bielsa is at the helm.
But it should be noted that the Yorkshire Evening Post reported last summer that Leeds had not definitively deemed him to be surplus to requirements.
So while another opportunity, from the outside, looks incredibly unlikely, perhaps there is reason to believe that Grot can follow in Ekuban’s footsteps and see his value soar in the future.
And thus, perhaps Leeds should take a gamble and not cash in on Grot unless a significant offer comes in this summer.
Admittedly, the situation is complicated by his current contract. As confirmed by the club’s official website, his deal will expire in 2021.
But Leeds should consider snubbing interest and risk letting Grot go on a free next summer. One inspired loan move next season and a new contract – as unlikely as that seems – could allow Leeds to demand significantly more than they will be able to during the next window.
It is a gamble. But Ekuban’s £9 million valuation suggests that there is scope for Leeds to secure a lot more for Grot than they can probably ask for this summer.