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Uwe Rosler says new signing Jordan Botaka has chosen not to make his debut just yet

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The Leeds United winger has instead decided to focus on getting fit.

Leeds United take on Milton Keynes Dons this weekend still reeling from their first league defeat of the season.

They lost to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night and the next fixture represents a third game in a week for Uwe Rosler’s men.

With that in mind, some changes might be considered for the game. One player who Leeds fans are hopeful to see in action will be new signing Jordan Botaka. The DR Congo international was recently signed from Dutch club Excelsior Rotterdam but then went off to play for his nation in Africa duri9ng the international break.

That meant he was lacking in match fitness and Rosler has confirmed to the press today that Botaka himself made it clear he was not yet ready to feature for Leeds just yet.

He told Radio Yorkshire:

“He will travel with us. We will make a decision tomorrow, but he will travel with the 19 players. I think that it was always the plan, I told you when he came, that we decided together after we assessed him and also took his wish into consideration that he wanted a whole week training to get him(self) up to speed.

"Now we did that. We did all the week, we gave him 90 minutes in the reserves. He had three physical sessions extra compared to the rest of the players. So he will travel with us and then we make the final call tomorrow.

"I said I am very impressed with his maturity. In terms of knowing what our club is and what our supporters ask for and to give him the best chance to succeed you need to have him at a level. He made that decision (to train first, before playing) very much on his own which I think shows that he is very mature."

Botaka certainly looks like a player that Leeds fans would like to see in action. He adds a new dimension to the team and Rosler has been speaking about that X factor:

Time will tell if Leeds decide to bring Botaka in to the first-team for the weekend but he should at least be on the bench as Leeds fans are desperate to see him in action.

"Definitely (he offers something different). You could see that in the game on Monday, I saw the game. I think you can see already he can offer us something different.

"He needs to adapt to the tempo. I think in Holland you get more time on the ball. But you can see already he is very good on the ball, very seldom loses possession, and he has the ability to take people on. That is exactly what we are looking for.”

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