'Stupid decision' - Leeds fans react on Twitter to 23-year-old's release
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds fans have aired their disappointment on Twitter after the club announced that Jordan Botaka would be leaving the club at the end of his contract.
The Yorkshire giants announced their retained list on the club’s official website on Wednesday morning, which saw goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and midfielder Alex Purver join Botaka among six names set to be released by the club.
There were not any surprise names in the list of players to be let go and none of the players featured in the league for Garry Monk’s seventh placed team this season.
However, sections of the fan base on social media were sad to see the departure of right-winger Botaka following the 23-year-old’s loan spell at League One side Charlton.
Some supporters seemed to be in agreement that the attacker wasn’t given a fair chance in the team, while others questioned why the club were pursuing a move to bring back Hadi Sacko while allowing Botaka to leave.
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Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) May 17, 2017
Of those, the release of Botaka doesn't feel quite right. Can't help thinking that he didn't get a proper go. Had something we could hone.
— Cockney White (@cockney_white) May 17, 2017
I like Sacko, but can't see what makes him any more deserving than Jordan Botaka, very similar game but Botaka was desperate to play for us
— Dan Morgan (@iamSEODan) May 17, 2017
feel sorry for Botaka, didn't look too bad when he used to play but was a bit like Sacko good luck @BotakaJordan
— Harryyyy (@HarrisonJM12) May 17, 2017
What about botaka phil? he had a good season at Charlton and played a lot of games..I think that is going to be better than sacko!!
— GREEK LEEDS FAN???????? (@6W0Qz4ScHqWNm37) May 17, 2017
Rather have kept Botaka than Sacko and Pedraza but nah. Get rid of him after not giving him a chance. Stupid decision.
— ThroughTheRoofe (@ohhmiijosh_) May 17, 2017
Botaka joined Leeds in 2015 from Dutch outfit Excelsior in the summer of 2015 for a reported £1million fee.
However, he struggled to break into the team during his two years at the club and leaves after just 14 appearances with no goals scored.
In other Leeds news, this Whites striker is unlikely to be playing for the club next season.