The Leeds United manager appears to be changing his mind about players with alarming regularity.
Leeds United manager Steve Evans is not afraid to speak his mind, but have his latest comments regarding Jordan Botaka highlighted a worrying trend to conduct complete about-turns regarding his players?
In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans admitted he may have got it wrong regarding his initial – very public – assessment of the DR Congo winger.
And while the Leeds boss’s criticism may have been a motivating factor in the summer signing’s improved showings in training, he is just the latest player to have prompted a pretty dramatic change of heart from his boss.
First there was Scott Wootton, who Evans appeared to rate from the outset – despite previous evidence to the contrary – playing him at right-back time and again although Leeds fans were all too aware of his deficiencies.
Even when Wootton was making mistake after mistake and looking lost at sea Evans persisted, but now, finally, it seems the penny has dropped.
In contrast there was Mirco Antenucci, last season’s top scorer for the club and yet a player overlooked time and again with Evans persisting with Souleymane Doukara, whose Leeds renaissance was a blip rather than a sign of things to come.
Finally, Evans put his faith in Antenucci and the striker has responded with goals aplenty.
So who will be next for Evans to either rate or slate only to perform a U-turn? Only time will tell, but it is clear that sometimes a man with such strong convictions can make judgments one way or the other before all the evidence has been put to him.