Leeds United boss Evans shows biggest flaw, could it lead to Cellino friction?

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Leeds United boss Steve Evans criticised Jordan Botaka at the weekend, and it is not the first time he has called out one of his players.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans is a head coach in one of the most precarious positions in the country due to the trigger happy nature of club owner Massimo Cellino.

Evans has done a solid job so far since taking over from Uwe Rosler, but results have been mixed in recent weeks, with first choice striker Chris Wood out injured.

At the weekend after the FA Cup loss to Watford, Evans once again showed one of his least endearing sides, publicly criticising winger Jordan Botaka.

The summer signing is one he has barely given a chance to, but after using him as a substitute, Evans saw fit to say the 22-year-old was lucky to be included.

He told TV Yorkshire: "He was very fortunate to play. He's got a huge heart and he wants to be a huge part of it but he's got to improve his performances."

Evans is at least honest, but his words are unlikely to help Botaka's already brittle confidence, after starting only two Championship games all season.

It is not the first time Evans has undermined his squad, telling The Guardian back in October that he needed 'five or six' new players for them to compete.

He was also quoted by Wales Online last month having told BBC Radio Leeds that midfielder Tom Adeyemi had been dropped due to 'sloppy performances.'

The effect and intention

Evans may have a well intentioned reason to comment like this, in order to try and motivate his fringe players to kick on.

The Championship can be a ruthless division and if players are unable to cope with a bit of criticism, they may not be right for Leeds United.

The drawbacks however are multiple. Players concerned could become more withdrawn and even less productive, while if they are popular members of the squad, Evans' abrasive style of management may upset more than just the player he has criticised, potentially losing the respect of the dressing room.

Evans' straight talking style may be appreciated by the unpredictable Massimo Cellino, but if results are not good then the Italian could consider his options.

Botaka and Adeyemi are both players he has sanctioned buying or loaning, and if he sees Evans as more of a hindrance to them than a help, his style may lead to friction between the pair.

Being critical of the players is unlikely to win Evans any friends and will even concern the fan base, and it is easily the biggest flaw he has shown since being appointed as Leeds boss last Autumn.

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