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Steve Evans’ response when asked if Jordan Botaka has a future at Leeds

Jordan Botaka joined Leeds United from Excelsior in the summer of 2015.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that Jordan Botaka does have a future at the club.

Evans has stated that the 22-year-old, who can play as a winger or as a forward, will have to prove himself between now and the end of the season in order to stay at Elland Road beyond the summer.

“He is working incredibly hard and he has a big point to prove between now and the end of the season if he wants to be part of a team that is going to challenge for promotion next season,” Evans told BBC Radio Leeds when asked if Botaka’s future is at Leeds.

“We love the kid to bits, he is a great character to have around. I need his footballing talents to come to the top of the pile.”

Botaka joined Leeds from Excelsior in the summer of 2015 and has a contract until June 2017. The DR Congo international arrived at Elland Road with a good reputation, but he has struggled to impress this season.

The youngster has played just nine times in the Championship for the Whites so far this campaign, creating only eight chances in the process.

Botaka has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 20%, and has won two headers, six dribbles and six tackles.

At the moment, prospects of Botaka remaining at Leeds beyond the summer look bleak, but he still had a few more weeks to impress Evans and stake a claim in the squad for next season.

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