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Steve Evans comments on Chris Dawson's and Jordan Botaka's situations at Leeds United

The manager has answered a question about two of Leeds United's young fringe players.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about Chris Dawson and Jordan Botaka.

Dawson is a talented young midfielder who was tipped for great things at Elland Road. However he is yet to make his breakthrough and he has featured just four times for Leeds’ first-team to date and not at all this season.

Injuries have certainly played their part, as have the regular managerial changes at Elland Road in recent years, but with a contract that expires this summer it seems Dawson may have to move on if he wants to get the regular senior football that once looked a certainty by this stage of his career.

“Dawson, I don’t really see the boy as being in the first-team squad,” Evans told BBC Radio Leeds on Thursday. “He’s been out a bit injured as well.”

There could yet be a new contract offer for Dawson in due course yet it seems more likely he could be moving on this summer considering his lack of chances to date.

As for Botaka, the winger only arrived at Leeds this summer; but despite showing some flashes of brilliance he has not been involved in any of the last five match-day squads and looks like having to make do with under-21 football at best in the short term.

“Jordan Botaka has not been showing the type of performances that says he is going to be starting games at Elland Road,” Evans said.

At just 22, and new to England, there is plenty of time for the DR Congo international to get used to the pace and power of Championship football. However it seems he has a long way to go in the eyes of his manager.

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