Leeds have brought in Sunderland winger Will Buckley on a loan deal.
Will Buckley is sure to be ahead of Jordan Botaka in the Leeds ranks, following his move to Elland Road on loan from Sunderland.
The former Brighton and Watford man drops down to the Championship looking to get his career back on track, having never truly cut it with the Black Cats, and the move to Uwe Rosler’s side should allow him chances of consistent first-team football.
This is despite the fact that Buckley’s best position is right-wing, and that there is another player rivalling him for the starting role in Rosler’s set-up.
Leeds fans want to see Botaka in action for the Whites, with him yet to make his debut since arriving from the Eredivise during the transfer window.
However, Buckley’s arrival places Botaka further down the pecking order.
Whilst fans may be disappointed with this, it is actually something which could truly help Botaka, as he looks to adapt to English football.
Buckley is ready to fit into Leeds’ first-team already, with a wealth of Championship experience behind him, whilst Botaka has arrived in a new country, and a new league, with little experience of professional football behind him.
There is no point rushing him into match action already, and it is no surprise that Rosler has refused to play the winger in the three games he has been available for.
With Buckley now available for selection, he can take the starting right-wing role, with Rosler now able to ease Botaka into competitive action, starting him off with substitute appearances, before giving him more and more minutes.
By the time Buckley’s loan deal ends, with no decision made on whether Leeds will sign him permanently in the January transfer window, Botaka should be ready to take up the mantle of starting winger, with a few months behind him of getting up to speed with the Championship.
Buckley has arrived on a short-term deal, and it could be the perfect way to ensure Botaka can take the Championship by storm when he is fully ready to appear for Leeds later this term.