Leeds boss Uwe Rosler has provided an update on Jordan Botaka's fitness.
Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has given an update on the fitness of new signing Jordan Botaka.
Botaka was signed on transfer deadline day from Dutch side Excelsior, but has not even been made on the bench for the two Championship matches since then against Brentford and last night Ipswich Town.
The winger played for 90 minutes for the under-21s on Monday, but Leeds' failure to win either of their last two games - with a loss last night - has increased anxiety among fans eager to see him in action.
Rosler spoke to BBC Radio Leeds after the game, and surprisingly claimed that it was Botaka's request to be given time to get up to speed.
He said: "I think we are going ahead of what we planned, the boy was on board, he asked for a first full week before being considered.
"He had very good training session last week, and will join training tomorrow and up to Friday and we will make a decision if he makes the 18 on Saturday."
Referring to the under-21 game against Bristol City in which he provided an assist for Casper Sloth in a 3-0 win, Rosler added: "It is nowhere near physicality of the Championship, but he showed spells of what we are looking for."
It sounds as though Rosler is open to the idea of getting Botaka involved, and after the defeat with Ipswich he may have little choice.
Leeds looked devoid of creativity and mustered only one shot on target at home, and Botaka will have an unpredictability about him which will make him difficult to defend.
Sooner or later Rosler will have to be less conservative in his team selection and make the bold - and obvious choice - to start Botaka even if he can't last the entire game, to see if he can give the rest of the side a much-needed lift.