By Will Butcher
Everton star Romelu Lukaku has wished Leeds winger Jordan Botaka the best of luck ahead of the African Cup of Nations.
The Belgium international was eligible to play alongside Botaka and Everton teammate Yannick Bolasie for the Democratic Republic of Congo through his parents, before opting to represent his birthplace.
However, Lukaku wished both Botaka and Bolasie the best of luck on his personal Twitter account after they were drawn in a tough group against Ivory Coast, Togo and Morocco.
Botaka is currently on loan at league One outfit Charlton Athletic, after failing to break into Garry Monk’s first-team set up at Elland Road despite a promising pre-season.
The 23-year-old has had a disappointing stay in Yorkshire following his move from Dutch outfit Excelsior on deadline day last summer for around £1million.
The attacking winger, who grew up in Holland and represented the country at Under-19 level before opting to play for DR Congo, has made just 14 appearances in all competitions and was subsequently sent out on loan.
The signings of Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez has pushed Botaka down the pecking order at Elland Road. A move to the Valley seemed like the only option to prove his worth to manager Garry Monk.