The Leeds United winger is undoubtedly talented but needed to work on his end product.
In a recent interview with the club’s official website, Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka admitted that he has been working extremely hard to prove he can make it at Elland Road, and when you consider how his manager Steve Evans has dealt with the player, he should be applauded.
After all, the DR Congo wide-man arrived in England with an impressive show-reel and a decent reputation for tricks and flicks, but that was never going to be enough to ensure success in the Championship.
Early on Botaka looked out of his depth and Evans was honest, both with the player and with any media outlets that asked about him.
He was nowhere near ready, the Leeds boss suggested; he needed to up his game in training and prove he was worthy of a place in the squad.
Ultimately that may prove to be a masterstroke from Evans; a man for whom honesty comes naturally.
Never afraid to tell it like it is, the Leeds boss quickly popped any ego Botaka may have had and set about working him back up with the added fire that only comes from being told you are not good enough.
It may not have worked, and many players in the past have sulked rather than worked doubly hard for their chance, but Botaka’s recent showings suggest Evans knew exactly what he was doing.
Next season could be when Leeds fans really see the best of Botaka – a player with the ability to become a creative catalyst at Elland Road for many years to come.