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Could Jordan Botaka leave Leeds United after just one season?

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The Leeds United winger has clearly not impressed his new manager yet.

When Jordan Botaka signed for Leeds from Excelsior in the summer fans had little to go on except his stats and his highlights reel on YouTube.

The problem with the latter is that it can make the most average footballer look like a superstar, editing together every trick and flick to suggest a club has bagged themselves the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Botaka’s past efforts certainly looked tantalising when cropped into a four-minute package, but the 22-year-old also showed glimpses of his undeniable talent when he began to feature for Leeds’ first-team shortly after his arrival.

The problem is, tricky footwork only gets you so far and Botaka’s lack of end product was quickly noted by Leeds boss Steve Evans.

In a recent interview with the Yorkshire Post, Evans said, “I know this chance means so much to him. But on top of all that there has to be end product and he has to deliver performances.

“He’s had two or three chances and quite simply he hasn’t shown the ingredients which tell me he should be on the pitch.”

Evans went on to say that was not necessarily the end of Botaka’s Leeds career and that further chances could follow. The problem is, when a manager so clearly states that a player is not ready to play even a single minute at 22, what chance does he have of changing his mind?

Botaka has not featured in any of Leeds’ last six match-day squads and when you consider the immediate impact of Mustapha Carayol, the DR Congo international has his work cut out to get another chance this season.

In time he could prove the doubters wrong, but it is rare a manager shoots down a player’s chances so obviously and it would be no great surprise if Botaka proved to be a risky signing that failed to come off.

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