Quick links


Eddie Gray backs Jordan Botaka's Leeds exit

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

Jordan Botaka's Leeds United career has not really taken off.

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

Eddie Gray has told LUTV that Jordan Botaka's loan away from Leeds United makes sense.

The 23-year-old attacker was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic this week after Garry Monk made it clear that he is not in his plans for this season.

Leeds United's manager Garry Monk

The Democratic Republic of Congo forward has only managed 10 Championship appearances for Leeds since joining last September, signed by Uwe Rosler but struggled for minutes under Steve Evans and now Monk.

And Gray feels that it makes perfect sense for the Whites and Botaka himself to spend time away from the Yorkshire club.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

"For the boy himself, I think it makes sense for him to move on and get games," he told LUTV. "It's not really worked for the boy at Elland Road. He's got to play."

Botaka is the third player to leave Leeds on loan this summer, following Giuseppe Bellusci and Lee Erwin out of the door.

On the whole, Leeds have done well not to lose many of their major players this summer.

Of course, Lewis Cook joined Bournemouth for £10 million, but he is the only player who United supporters might be sad to see leave as the rest were not hugely popular among the fanbase.

Elland RoadElland Road

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch