Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at how Jordan Botaka decided to stick with Leeds during the International break and how this could affect his future at Elland Road.
It was reported last Thursday that Jordan Botaka had decided to focus on his career at Leeds United and asked his home nation if he could miss their World Cup qualifier in Burundi to focus more on getting back into the fold at Elland Road, now that's commitment!
The DR Congo winger was struck with a virus weeks ago and had struggled to make the starting XI after coming down with a virus that kept him away from training for a few days.
Botaka has mainly been used as an impact sub for the past few weeks and has also looked impressive in his last few appearances, coming on to terrify defenders and run down the clock for Leeds.
In my opinion the determination to prove his worth to Steve Evans and co has to be acknowledged. Botaka wanting to stay at Lufc and fight for his place is fantastic to see and is exactly the type of effort that we as fans want to see.
Botaka got his chance in Friday's fixture against Wycombe and there were plenty of fans claiming that the winger was one of the best players on the pitch as he helped create Lee Erwin's opener and then went on to play the full 90 minutes.
Now to the focus of the game against Rotherham on Saturday, which in my opinion is a must win game. Rotherham will come to Elland Road with Neil Redfern knowing plenty about how Leeds will perform but a player like Botaka would be a massive wildcard, because Redders never coached him.
The pace and skill of Botaka has been highlighted in small doses for the club and in my opinion he is set to be a star for a team that has been severely lacking in any pace or width for the past few years.
Here's hoping that Jordan's performance for Leeds has made a big step as he attempts to win back his place, in good time too as we could definitely do with him with games like Rotherham, QPR and Hull City coming thick and fast.
By Ryan Ingham
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