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Steve Evans has encouraging words for Mustapha Carayol

Middlesbrough-owned Mustapha Carayol’s performance against Nottingham Forest impressed Leeds United head coach Steve Evans.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told TV Yorkshire that he was impressed with the performance of Mustapha Carayol against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Carayol started the Championship game against Forest on Saturday afternoon on the substitutes’ bench.

The 27-year-old winger, who joined Leeds on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season in the January transfer window, came on as a substitute in the 70th minute, as Leeds lost the encounter 1-0 at Elland Road.

Evans was impressed with the performance of the Gambia international against the Reds, and suggested that he could return to the starting lineup.

“Mustapha went out (of the team) because he was poor and the team did really well,” Evans told TV Yorkshire on Saturday. “You look maybe afterwards at what you should have done, it’s always a different day.”

“But if ever there was a sign you need a Chris Wood, it was evident when when Mustafa picked up the ball, ran by the player and put in the middle of the box and no one was on the end of it,” added the Scotsman. "But Mustafa has given himself a chance of being involved next week because he came on and was very good.”

During his time on the pitch at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, Carayol took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 100%, put in three crosses, and made two blocks.

In four Championship appearances for Leeds so far this season, the 27-year-old has scored one goal and created one chance.

Carayol has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 100%, and has won one dribble and six tackles.

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