Botaka, Erwin, Dawson and Sloth fail to impress for Leeds United U21s as uncertainty continues

Elland Road pitchside

What do you think the future holds for the Leeds United quartet?

Leeds United’s under-21 side had some interesting players on show for their match against Barnsley on Monday afternoon, with four men in particular all taking to the field with their futures uncertain.

Casper Sloth, Chris Dawson, Jordan Botaka and Lee Erwin all started for the Whites’ second string but they were unable to prevent their team from losing 4-1, and the quartet’s failure to make an impact at that level will not have done them any favours.

Of the four, Erwin looks the most likely to ultimately breakthrough at Elland Road, given that he is only 21, impresses with his work-rate on the pitch and has a contract at Leeds until the summer of 2018.

Manager Steve Evans clearly rates the player, but appears to have decided he is not ready for the first-team this season, but the future looks considerably bleaker for Botaka.

Evans recently told the Yorkshire Post that the winger had not shown him he should be in the starting XI – or on the pitch for any period of time – and his showings for the under-21s speak of a player devoid of confidence.

As for Sloth, his time at Leeds is surely coming to an end as the 23-year-old seeks a club where he can play regular first-team football; while Dawson is an enigma no closer to being solved.

The 21-year-old is out of contract this summer and all the hype initially surrounding his undeniable talent has died down to a whisper.

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