Steve Evans believes Leeds ace Jordan Botaka is frustrated, makes Ronaldo comparison

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Evans admits he is a little frustrated with Jordan Botaka - and believes the player is frustrated too.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that there is some frustration surrounding summer signing Jordan Botaka.

The 22-year-old winger signed from Dutch side Excelsior on deadline day back in September, and arrived with a reputation for being a pacey wide man with great dribbling ability.

Fans were understandably excited when Leeds swooped to land Botaka, with the DR Congo international hitting one goal and six assists for Excelsior in the Eredivisie last year.

However, his time at Elland Road has been a little underwhelming so far, as he has started just twice and played only 300 minutes of first-team action.

On Monday, Botaka scored for Leeds Under-21's as they drew 1-1 away at Hull City, and that goalscoring display should put him in the thoughts of manager Evans ahead of this weekend's game against Charlton Athletic.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans stated that he thinks Botaka is frustrated at having made little impact so far - but added he and his coaching staff are maybe a little frustrated too.

Evans also compared Botaka's trickery to Cristiano Ronaldo, in that he can take players on with trickery and stepovers, but the reason he hasn't kicked on at Leeds is because his final ball isn't good enough yet, which is something Ronaldo has been able to combine with the trickery.

"I think if you’re Jordan you’re perhaps frustrated," said Evans. "But if you’re us (the coaching staff) and the other players, you can be frustrated (about Botaka) too.

"It’s about final product when you play in a wide area. You can do 14 stepovers like Ronaldo does but the thing about Ronaldo is that he picks out the boy at the far stick and the boy sticks the ball in the net. So we’ve been working on that and Jordan’s a good kid," he added.

Should Botaka feature against Charlton this weekend?

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