Jordan Botaka's wonderful header shows he can be a goal-scoring threat for Leeds

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Could the DR Congo international prove to be another goal-threat for Leeds United?

Too many times this season Leeds United have dropped points because they simply could not put the ball in the back of the net one more time.

Be it a draw that could have been turned into a win or a defeat by a single goal, Leeds fans have been left to rue the missed opportunities that see their side sit 17th in the Championship heading into the festive period.

Chris Wood has scored seven goals in 19 appearances this season – a decent but far from spectacular return – while last season’s top-scorer Mirco Antenucci has found the net five times to date, providing three assists while Wood has managed just one.

With young forward Lee Erwin now getting chances – however brief – from the bench Leeds have options, but those Leeds fans who watched their under-21s take on Hull City on Monday evening will have seen another player score a goal of real quality.

Summer signing Jordan Botaka may be a winger by trade, but he navigated his way into the box, ran free of his defender and scored a wonderful header against the young Tigers.

It may not have been enough to give his side the victory, with Hull later drawing level, but it was a sign that Botaka can be a real threat in the box and not just a tricky creator outside it.

So far the 22-year-old has made eight appearances for Leeds, but those have come predominantly from the bench and the time may have come for Evans to take more of a chance on him, because he could prove the goal-scoring saviour on occasions this season and beyond.

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