Jordan Botaka shares brutally honest conversation with Leeds manager Steve Evans

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Jordan Botaka has admitted that he spoke to Steve Evans about his situation at Leeds.

Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has told BBC Radio Leeds that he had an honest, face-to-face conversation with manager Steve Evans.

Botaka, 22, had made a name for himself in the Netherlands having starred with Excelsior, following disappointing spells with Club Brugge and Belenenses.

Leeds fans were understandably excited when Botaka joined the club back in September 2015, as just a few clips showed what he was all about; pace, trickery and a willingness to run at defenders in the final third.

The DR Congo international has suffered a frustrating season though, as he has started just two Championship games for Leeds, and has spent most of his campaign playing for the club's Under-21's.

Having become an afterthought under Steve Evans, many wondered whether Botaka even had a future at Elland Road ahead of the summer transfer window - but he has been given another chance to impress.

Botaka was introduced at half time against Hull City on Saturday, and set up Stuart Dallas' equalising goal to make it 2-2 late on, as Botaka caused problems for the Hull defence.

Now, the winger has spoken to BBC Radio Leeds about his career at Elland Road, admitting that manager Evans has been 'very critical' of him so far, and the two had a frank, brutally honest conversation to share what they thought of each other, and have moved on since, with Botaka looking to prove the Scot wrong.

"He was very critical, and everyone has their own opinion of a player," said Botaka. "He had his for me, and it was up to me to prove him wrong. I'll be honest with you, it was very difficult for me to accept the fact that I wasn't even near the squad, and not even on the bench, and I told him as well."

"We're men, we face each other; I told him what I thought of the fact that I wasn't playing. I told him in his face, and he told me in my face what he thought about me. We moved on from that moment," he added.

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