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Steve Evans explains how Jordan Botaka can get back in his plans

Jordan Botaka has struggled for playing time at Leeds United so far this season.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has suggested to The Yorkshire Evening Post that Jordan Botaka needs to add consistency to his game.

Botaka, who can play as a winger or as a forward, has struggled for playing time in recent weeks and is nowhere near the Leeds first team at the moment.

The 22-year-old, who joined the West Yorkshire outfit in the summer of 2015, has been able to feature in just nine Championship games so far this campaign.

The youngster has created eight chances, has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 20%, and has won two headers, six dribbles and six tackles.

The last time Botaka played for the Leeds first team in the league was on December 12, and Evans has explained why he is not in his plans at the moment.

The Leeds head coach, though, has suggested that the DR Congo international can return to the first-team set-up if he adds consistency to his game.

“We’re almost up to March and we’re a long way into the season now,” Evans told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “The fact with Jordan is that his performances in training and in the Under-21s haven’t been anywhere near good enough to deserve a place in the squad.

“There are days where he looks good in training and you look for him to kick on in the Under-21s. Then the reports come back and they’re disappointing.

“But he did well on Monday (against Nottingham Forest’s development squad) so that was encouraging. I’ll look for the same again for him next week. That’s the way he’ll get back in.”

Leeds are 16th in the Championship table at the moment with 37 points from 31 matches, 11 points above the relegation zone.

The Whites will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Watford away from home at Vicarage Road in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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