By Matt Farr
Leeds attacker Kemar Roofe has named Jordan Botaka as the club’s most skilful player.
The 24-year-old admitted to LUTV that Botaka, followed by Pablo Hernandez, were the club’s most skillful players, despite the former spending the current campaign away from Elland Road.
Botaka is currently on loan at League One outfit Charlton, where he has made 21 appearances in all competitions.
He scored his first goal for the club in the 3-3 draw with Rochdale on Saturday – his first on English soil after blanking for Leeds in 14 appearances.
Roofe’s admission is likely to surprise fans, who perhaps would have expected him to name Hernandez, or himself, as the outright most skillful player in the Leeds camp.
But he hailed Botaka, in particular, as a player who always wants to do a trick when he has the ball at his feet.
When asked by fans who Leeds’ most skilful player was, he said: “I would have said, but he’s not here now, at the start of the season, Botaka.
“Every time he gets the ball he wants to do a trick, and he’s got some good tricks as well.
“But now, I’d probably say Pablo (Hernandez), just because he always nutmegs everybody. He’s got good technique and composure on the ball as well, so it’s hard to take the ball of him.”
The DR Congo international arrived at Leeds in the summer of 2015, and made 14 appearances in his first season for the club.
But he has yet to feature in a competitive game under current Leeds boss Garry Monk, and the Elland Road chief chose to offload him at the start of the season.
Botaka is out of contract at the end of the current season, but Monk and Leeds have the option to extend his deal.