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Why Leeds United should start by using Jordan Botaka as an impact sub

Discussing the latest player to arrive at Leeds United and his possible short-term impact.

Leeds United concluded their summer spending with a late move for Excelsior winger Jordan Botaka prior to the international break, and this weekend Whites fans have their first chance to see the 22-year-old in action.

However, if Leeds boss Uwe Rosler wants to get the best out of the DR Congo international, the smart short-term option would be to use him as an impact substitute.

Fellow right winger Sam Byram is not having the best of seasons but Botaka’s arrival could push him to up his game, and that is something Rosler will want to test before casting the former right-back aside in favour of the new arrival.

Similarly Botaka is a relatively unknown quantity in the Championship, and as Leeds chase their second straight victory when they face Brentford on Saturday, a tricky new signing coming on against tired legs could make all the difference.

Leeds scored late against Derby County last time out and all their matches have been tight thus far, so Botaka’s mazy dribbling and bag of tricks would be better utilised late on when Brentford’s back-line has been worn down by Chris Wood, Stuart Dallas and company.

Many Leeds fans may want to see Botaka from the start, but Rosler will know he only has the mystery element of the wide-man for so long.

Those who have seen Botaka in action already know what he is capable of, but similarly he needs to get used to a new league in a new country and, on this occasion, a few cameo appearances to change the game make far more sense until he is fully acclimatised.

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