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Rosler's Jordan Botaka decision could be his smartest gamble since being appointed as Leeds United boss

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has shown patience with Jordan Botaka, which should now pay off.

Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler has shown impressive patience so far regarding new signing Jordan Botaka.

It is three weeks since he signed on transfer deadline day, and the winger has only one under-21 appearance to his name, and has not featured for the first team once.

Rosler's restraint regarding the winger had seemed a little frustrating in midweek, with Leeds crying out for a player with his energy and creativity out on the wing in their home loss to Ipswich.

He was this time named on the bench at the weekend against MK Dons, getting a close look at the intensity of Championship football.

It was a good chance for Rosler to get him more involved, to travel with the match day squad, with a view to getting him more involved on future occasions.

Fortunately for the German, Leeds were able to win 2-1 at Stadium:mk - ensuring they regained their position in the top 10.

The win essentially allowed Rosler to give Botaka the continued rest he wanted to, while he pushes for full match fitness, and means there is no criticism for his failure to utilise him.

It would have been tempting for Rosler to select the DR Congo international from his first availability in the hope he could make an impact at least for 45 minutes. A loss to MK Dons without Botaka would not have been well received by those keen to see him make his debut.

Now when the winger is finally introduced he will be fresher and better prepared to make an impact, and Leeds are better off for it.

Rosler has stuck to his guns, and if Botaka hits the ground running then the decision could be his smartest since being appointed as head coach.

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