The Leeds United winger struggled for game-time at Elland Road in the previous campaign.

Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has been speaking to LUTV during his side’s pre-season tour of Ireland.

The Whites take on Shelbourne on Wednesday evening as new manager Garry Monk looks to get off to the best possible start since taking charge at Elland Road, and one player with more to prove than most is the DR Congo international.

Botaka arrived at Leeds from Dutch club Excelsior last summer but after some brief moments of magic he found himself out of the senior setup after criticism from then-manager Steve Evans.

After some fine showings for Leeds’ under-21s, and having proved what he can do in training, Botaka was back in Evans’ first-team plans by the end of the campaign and he ended the season with 14 appearances and one assist to his name.

With Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe arriving at Leeds this summer, competition for places on the right wing will be as tough as it has been for some time and Botaka will know he has to be at his best from the outset.

Speaking to LUTV, the 23-year-old said, “Mentally I am very strong. I want to prove a point. I want to prove I can make a difference at this level.

“The way we work with the new gaffer and with the new players it is going well, so I have a very positive feeling.”

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