Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match
Less than a year after signing for Leeds United, Jordan Botaka has been loaned out to Charlton Athletic, with the Addicks confirming his arrival on a season long agreement via their official website.
The DR Congo international moved to Leeds from Excelsior on deadline day in September, but struggled to make an impact for the Whites.
Leeds United's Jordan Botaka in action against Middlesbrough's George Friend
He started only three league games, and during numerous fleeting substitute appearances did not have a standout moment which helped turn a game in the club's favour.
Leeds signed Hadi Sacko on loan from Sporting Lisbon this summer and while he neither is the finished product, the Frenchman was above Botaka in the pecking order under new boss Garry Monk.
Despite this Leeds are not blessed with wide options, while Kemar Roofe can play there, they have just Stuart Dallas as a further player out wide in addition to Sacko.
Leeds' Stuart Dallas
Botaka is just 23 and has the potential to be a real asset to Leeds, but in order to aid his development he needs to play regular football, and the Charlton loan is necessary to help him.
The Addicks were relegated from the Championship last season but have recruited well this summer, making it clear they are determined to get out of League One.
The Valley - Charlton Athletic
Here is a look at how Leeds fans reacted on Twitter to news of Botaka's loan exit...
I like Botaka, seems like a really nice lad who makes the effort with fans after games but I can't see a long term future at #lufc now.— RichieRich (@AMitherer) August 11, 2016
Would have liked to have seen Jordan Botaka get more time in the first team. His loan spell at Charlton should give him experience. #LUFC— Darren (@leedsabroad) August 11, 2016
It's a shame that Botaka just can't seem to impress whoever's in charge here. Think he's a useful game changer. #lufc— Jamie Collins (@LUJC83) August 11, 2016
Hope Botaka has a successful loan at Charlton definitely has ability just lacked a final ball hopefully comes back a stronger player #lufc— The Bremner Whites (@BremnerWhites) August 11, 2016
Botaka being loaned out is a great move for both clubs, hopefully he'll develop in and reach his potential #lufc— J a c k k (@Jack_Webb95) August 11, 2016