Jordan Botaka must feature during Leeds' must-win game against Bolton on Saturday

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The winger may be the ace in the pack for Steve Evans' side as they try to guarantee their safety in the Championship.

Leeds' humiliating defeat against Brighton on Monday would have undoubtedly left United's supporters infuriated by the series of defensive mistakes that allowed the Seagulls to go 4-0 up before half-time, but their frustration would have been compounded by the lack of creativity that resulted in Steve Evans' men registering just one shot on target during the entire game.

Although the two sides' positions in the table and Leeds' record at the Amex Stadium - a ground they have never won at - meant that a victory was always going to be a huge ask, the manner of the defeat means that Saturday's clash with Bolton should be classed as a must-win.

The Trotters are in the Championship's bottom three and are without a win in their last four, so a defeat to Neil Lennon's men may make the calls for Evans to be sacked too loud for Massimo Cellino to ignore. 

Given the perception that head coaches appear to have little job security under the Italian, Evans may not be too keen on taking a risk during a game such as this, especially when the risk involves a player that he appears to have little confidence in (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

However, Leeds' inability to create anything of note against Brighton proves that United have become too predictable and arguably need something different to create more problems going forward, which is why he should finally put his faith in Jordan Botaka.

Given that Botaka has barely had any opportunities to show why the Whites brought him to the club in the first place, he may be the secret weapon the side need.

His pace, trickery and willingness to get down the line could provide Bolton's defence with plenty of headaches, and may result in Souleymane Doukara getting the service that he did not receive against Brighton. 

Undoubtedly, the 22-year-old's lack of first-team action, and the lack of confidence that his manager has shown in him, may mean that he takes a while to get into the game, and in that time, United fans may have to endure several more frustration-inducing incidents as his attempts to create something end without reward.

However, with Leeds' defeat to Brighton suggesting that they have become too predictable, it may be time for Evans to put some faith in the summer signing as given his lack of game-time, he could be the unknown quantity that is able to produce the moment of quality that no-one was expecting.

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