Jordan Botaka has struggled to make an impact at Leeds since joining over the summer.
Botaka arrived at Leeds over the summer transfer window, and he has assessed his start to life at Elland Road in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, with the Whites currently in very poor form in the Championship.
When asked if he is happy with how he has started at Leeds, Botaka said: “Of course I’m happy. Losing is not good. It’s not good for the way you feel. Losing isn’t making me happy. But the fact that I can say I’m a professional footballer makes me happy. The fact that I come here every day and train makes me happy. For me, I’ve never had something like this before – a change of coach and other things going on in a short time. But we’re a team and we try to stick together in every circumstance. I still feel good, I still feel strong.”
Botaka was signed over the summer transfer window by former head coach Uwe Rosler, and he has had to deal with being short of fitness whilst seeing off-pitch matters surround Leeds.
Rosler has been replaced by Steve Evans as head coach, and the Yorkshire club sit in 19th place after just two wins from 14 games, with Evans yet to pick up three points from any of the three games he has taken charge of.
Botaka arrived at a Leeds side playing in poor form, and his personal record has not been at the level many believed it would have been considering his reputation in the Netherlands.
He has played five games since signing, of a potential nine, and has yet to take part in a single victory.
His five appearances have brought four defeats and one draw, with just two goals scored in the games he has played, and Botaka has yet to register a goal or an assist to his own name.
However, he has admitted that he is still enjoying his time with Leeds, as although the football is not bringing positive results, Botaka is still getting to train and live the dream of being a professional footballer.
It is now just up to Botaka to start living up to the potential that was expected of him when he arrived Elland Road.