Paul Hart gives verdict on Jordan Botaka's Leeds under-21 performance, explains where he impressed

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Leeds United under-21 boss Paul Hart spoke after the game on Jordan Botaka's display.

Jordan Botaka's career at Leeds United has got off to a slow start, with the 22-year-old yet to establish himself as a must pick in Steve Evans line-up each week.

He did not feature in the 2-1 win over Hull City in the Championship at the weekend, and played only 23 minutes of the loss against QPR a week earlier.

This lack of match action, with just two starts to his name since signing on deadline day, led to his inclusion in last night's under-21 fixture against Hull.

Botaka made the most of his opportunity, scoring a goal in the 1-1 draw, lining up alongside Lee Erwin, Tommaso Bianchi and Casper Sloth.

Under-21 boss Paul Hart was lukewarm in his praise of Botaka after the game, refusing to go overboard, but said the way he took his headed goal was welcomely received.

He told LUTV: "We've been trying to get our wider centre forwards in and across defenders and he did just that.

"I think he did OK. You've got to look for different things out of first team players, like leg work, he certainly put that in."

Hart went onto add that he felt Lee Erwin's hard work was impressive, while Kalvin Phillips was another to really benefit from playing 90 minutes after recently been part of the first team match day squads, without actually playing.

If the goal benefits Botaka's confidence then the evening will be a real success. Leeds are waiting to see the best out of him after his move from Excelsior, and this month is a vital one for him to kick on and show what he is made of.

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