Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that his quotes about Jordan Botaka have been taken out of context.
Evans had previously criticised the young winger, suggesting that his performances in training were not good enough to get into his side’s first-team.
However, the 53-year-old manager now insists that Botaka has impressed him, and he has confirmed that the Congolese international will have a chance to impress before the end of the season.
“When Jordan gets his chance, believe me I want him to grab it,” Evans said. “He will get his opportunity.
“Maybe some of my quotes about him were taken out of context but his performances have dramatically improved and if I can improve my squad by 20 per cent then I’ll say what it takes – and so would any head coach in the country.
“We’ve seen a great reaction from the kid since I sat down and had a long chat with him.”
Botaka joined Leeds from Excelsior last summer, but he has struggled to make much of an impression at Elland Road.
The 22-year-old had made just two starts in the Championship, with his other eight appearances coming as a substitute.
Botaka is yet to score for the Whites, and most of his time has been spent playing for the development squad since Evans has taken charge.
Botaka has generally impressed for the under-21’s, but he will be under pressure to carry that form over to the senior squad if he is to get an opportunity.
Leeds’ next match comes against Rotherham United after the international break.