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Leeds United's Jordan Botaka has the perfect role model in Mustapha Carayol

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The young Leeds United winger should look to an older teammate for guidance in utilising his talent.

Leeds United’s need for additional width has been addressed in the last two transfer windows, with Jordan Botaka, Stuart Dallas and Mustapha Carayol all arriving at Elland Road.

But while the latter two have impressed, Botaka has looked off the pace and has been consigned to the under-21s since Steve Evans took charge.

In fact Evans recently told the Yorkshire Post that the DR Congo wide-man was not currently good enough for Leeds’ first-team and had a lot of work to do if that was going to change.

So while the 22-year-old wonders if he will get another chance for the Whites this season he should look to Carayol for inspiration.

The Middlesbrough loanee is much older than Botaka and has plenty of experience of English football. However, he has slipped down the pecking order at Elland Road after a bright start and must currently make do with substitute appearances at best.

Despite that, the 27-year-old knows how to make an impact, coming off the bench to score a vital equaliser against Brentford and looking sharp in a 20-minute cameo against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Botaka could sulk, he could look to move on this summer or he could fight for his place, and in Carayol he has a great potential role model.

If the 22-year-old can learn to add an effective end product to his tricks and flicks, he could yet have a big role to play at Leeds in the weeks ahead and the club’s fans will certainly be hoping that is the case.

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