Jordan Botaka speaks cryptically about his underwhelming Leeds season, tips club for surprise this term

Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match

The Whites winger endured a frustrating time in his debut campaign at Elland Road.

Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match

Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has hinted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that the true reasons for his difficult first season at Elland Road are unknown to supporters, but suggested that the club can spring a surprise in the Championship this term under Garry Monk.

Botaka endured a frustrating debut campaign in England following his arrival from Dutch side Excelsior last summer, making just three Championship starts for the club.

The manager who signed him on transfer deadline day, Uwe Rosler, was sacked just six weeks later and it soon became apparent that his replacement, Steve Evans, did not fancy the 23-year-old as 11 of his 14 appearances in all competitions came from the substitutes' bench.

Leeds United's Jordan Botaka in action against Middlesbrough's George Friend

Botaka has previously voiced his disappointment at how his first season in England transpired, but he has now suggested to the Yorkshire Evening Post that the full details of what went so wrong are still obscured from the public eye.

The DR Congo international said: "I could say a lot about it now and there are many things about last season that people don’t know but I want to keep it that way. I did what I had to do, I did what I thought I needed to do to get back into the team and I can be happy with myself. This is a new season now with a new gaffer. And I’m still here."

However, despite his unhappiness with his first season at Leeds, Botaka is feeling positive once again at how pre-season has gone under new manager Garry Monk and his coaching staff.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

Botaka believes the former Swansea City boss has instilled new confidence and optimism into the squad, and feels sure that the Whites have what it takes to spring a surprise in the Championship this season.

He added: "The new gaffer is bringing more drive into the group, a very positive vibe. It can be a very surprising season for us. I believe that.

"We can do things that people maybe don’t think we’ve capable of or don’t expect us to do but we’ll have to work hard from it. One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t get given things in the Championship. But we have the right stuff."

Leeds kick off their season with a trip to QPR on Sunday.

Swansea City Manager Garry Monk

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