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Why the arrival of Jordan Botaka can help Stuart Dallas' Leeds adaptation

The ex-Brentford man needs a partner in crime if Leeds are to become a genuine attacking threat.

Ever since the wing partnership of Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass was lost in 2012, Leeds United have faced a permanent struggle to locate wide players who can strike genuine fear into their opposition.

It has been a recurring theme in Leeds' lack of recent success, and until it is adequately remedied, it's difficult to see the Whites becoming enough of an attacking threat to put themselves in the race for Premier League promotion.

In an attempt to signal a change in the club's fortunes, incoming boss Uwe Rosler made the signing of at least one winger a priority in his plans at Elland Road, and that began with the arrival of Stuart Dallas in August.

Signed for £1.3 million, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Northern Ireland international has come into Rosler's line-up with a significant role to play. And one which is perhaps, a little unrealistic.

Dallas has never been a frontline winger in its purest sense. At Brentford, he was a supplementary player (a very good one, at that), and was relied upon to carry out a role for Mark Warburton's side; one that didn't involve an individual attacking threat as a leading feature.

For the price Leeds paid for him - which is sizable considering the club's lack of spending power in recent years - the expectations on Dallas to perform as a winger in the mould of Max Gradel are unfortunate. But that's where new man Jordan Botaka can help out his soon-to-be fellow wide player.

The man Leeds signed from Excelsior almost a month to the day after Dallas arrived, is the winger that the club crave. Like Gradel, he is fearless with the ball at his feet and revels in going at full backs until he eventually gets beyond them. He is dangerous by nature.

If Botaka can come in and provide the attributes that he has become known for, his stretching of play and individual intent will give Leeds a facet of play they have been desperately trying to find since 2012.

It's another matter whether he will adapt to English football completely, but for now, his approach to the game should at least help to take the pressure off Dallas as the man Leeds look to for attacking potency.

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