Evans says Botaka is miles behind Leeds United trio Dallas, Mowatt and Carayol

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The Leeds United winger is struggling for game-time this season.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about summer signing Jordan Botaka.

The 22-year-old moved from Dutch club Excelsior back in September but despite having plenty of tricks in his locker he has proved ineffective in his early appearances for the Whites.

Botaka has featured nine times for Leeds to date; however all of those appearances came between September and December and he has not been included in any of the last 10 match-day squads in all competitions.

When asked if Botaka was a long way from being seen in the Whites’ first-team again, Evans said, “Yes, I think he is a long way, performance based, certainly not attitude, this kid’s a terrific lad.

“If you’re going to wear that famous white shirt you have to be performing at a certain level, and when you’re way, way behind (Stuart) Dallas and (Mustapha) Carayol and (Alex) Mowatt when he returns to fitness and (Sam) Byram when he was here, then you’re not going to get on the pitch at Leeds United if you are way behind them.”

Botaka is young enough to turn things round in time but Evans has shown that he wants quality wide players who can perform week after week, with Dallas the most consistent to date and Carayol showing tantalising glimpses of his considerable ability.

That leaves Botaka with a battle on his hands to get anywhere near the Leeds starting line-up.

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