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Jordan Botaka wants regular Leeds United starting role

Jordan Botaka has made a positive impression at Leeds United since signing in the summer transfer window.

Leeds United summer signing Jordan Botaka has told the club’s official website that he is ready to play a regular first-team role for the Whites this season.

Botaka has been used sparingly since arriving at Elland Road in the last transfer window, but the Congolese-born attacker is convinced that he is capable of playing a key role.

The 22-year-old says that he feels comfortable in English football, and he is looking to add to the appearances that he has already made so far.

“I would never do something if I didn’t feel I was ready for it. I felt I was ready to play," he insisted. "I came here to make a difference and I really wanted to play. I’ve played in four games now, some as a substitute and some in the starting 11," he said.

"So far I’m happy to have played this much. You hear a lot of stories from players who come from other countries and they just don’t fit in when they’re new at a club. They don’t play and they can’t handle it, but I’m full of confidence and I’m happy with the time I’ve had on the pitch so far.”

Botaka has made a positive early impression at Leeds, and he is quickly becoming a popular figure at Elland Road.

Although he still hasn’t made an impact in a scoring sense, Botaka’s natural flair and skill in possession have made him exciting to watch, and his desire has endeared him to the club’s supporters.

Botaka was left on the substitutes’ bench for Leeds’ latest match against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, which they won 1-0, but he will be hoping to break into the starting line-up soon.

The Whites still have places in their starting XI up for grabs, given their poor start, and Botaka will be keen to stake his claim for a spot in Steve Evans’ preferred selection over the coming weeks.

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