Ghanaian striker Caleb Ekuban has dropped to the bench at Turkish giants Trabzonspor since the arrival of English attacker Daniel Sturridge.
The former Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea forward is a preferred starter to the Ghana who enjoyed a marvelous season last term.
Sturridge has bagged seven (7) goals in 13 appearances in all competitions since his arrival in August 2019.
His performance along with 12-goal Norwegian Alexander Sorloth and Nigerian Anthony Nwakaeme have limited his playing minutes this season.
Currently starting from the bench the former Leeds United man could be back to the starting line up should Aston Villa secure the striker in the winter window.
Trabzonspor President Ahmet Agaoglu has insisted his club will not sell Sturridge to Villa who have been unconvincing in attack in the English Premier League.
Sturridge, 30, generally feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League after leaving Liverpool unceremoniously and is keen to return.
It is expected that Ekuban would be restored to the Trabzonspor line up should the English man leave.
By El Akyereko
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