Sign of things to come? Promising Botaka stats should encourage Leeds fans

Jordan Botaka enjoyed a decent debut for Leeds United against Middlesbrough.

Leeds United lost just their second Championship game of the season on Sunday, as they were defeated 3-0 by title favourites Middlesbrough.

David Nugent's early goal was added to by a Giuseppe Bellusci own goal, before Diego Fabbrini made it 3-0 after a mistake from Leeds defender Sol Bamba.

It was a game of few positives for manager Uwe Rosler, who saw his side shoot themselves in the foot time and time again at the Riverside Stadium - but the German can be encouraged by Jordan Botaka's display.

Botaka, 22, was a deadline day signing from Dutch side Excelsior, yet Rosler chose to leave him out of the side whilst he got to grips with his new team-mates and Rosler's tactics.

The DR Congo winger was unleashed against Boro though, and whilst he couldn't help Leeds find the back of the net, he did show glimpses of quality.

  PositionTeamTotal PassesAccurate PassesChances createdTouchesShotsAccurate crossesMins Played
Jordan Botaka FW Leeds 41 34 2 60 1 1 64

The stats above show Botaka's display against Middlesbrough, which saw him find his team-mates well with 34 of his 41 passes completed, which he also put in one superb cross for Mirco Antenucci, only for the Italian to head straight at the goalkeeper.

Botaka wasn't shy when getting on the ball, having 60 touches - only six Leeds players got on the ball more than Botaka - whilst his two chances created were also the most in the team.

It was a promising debut for Botaka, who played just 64 minutes but contributed plenty. He is bound to improve as he adjusts to life in English football, but for a first game, this was a decent sign of things to come from Botaka - and Leeds fans should be excited to see more of him.

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