Fans on Twitter astonished at treatment of on-loan Leeds midfielder
Leeds and Charlton fans have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at Jordan Botaka’s loan spell at the London club.
The DR Congo international, 23, is on a season-long loan with the Addicks from Leeds after dropping down a division in the search for regular football.
But Botaka’s spell at Charlton is not going according to plan and he has failed to make a single start for Russell Slade’s team all season.
After news of his continued benching was confirmed at the weekend for Charlton’s 1-0 home defeat to Rochdale, fans took to Twitter to lament Slade and express their astonishment that Botaka could not get a look-in.
Here is a selection of their messages on the social media site:
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Does Slade just think Botaka is part of the catering staff? I’m staggered he’s not getting games when we’re on this kind of a run #cafc
— Tom Wallin (@Wallin58) October 1, 2016
Still not happening for Botaka and Erwin. Dave and Murphy not playing. Get rid and cash in? I really wanted Botaka to succeed! #lufc
— Leedsfan (@Leedsfan75) October 3, 2016
.@svenclaes told me that Botaka came to #cafc to play regularly with the national team in mind. He’s yet to start a game. #cafc #lufc
— Jake Bacon (@JakeTBacon) October 1, 2016
@FBL72 it was Slade being booed for subbing one of only two players making a difference. No issue with Botaka #cafc #lufc
— Rich Pemberton (@rikofold) October 2, 2016
@LewisCatt9 @Wallin58 @BotakaJordan @ricky_holmes @FBL72 it’s a joke that Botaka hasn’t had a start
— London init geezer (@Miketyson2007) October 2, 2016
Slade is off his head. Surely you play Holmes & Botaka?
— Keith Robinson (@keith0177) October 1, 2016
Botaka did get onto the pitch for the final nine minutes of the fixture, but there was too little time for him to make an impact.
The winger, who joined Leeds on a two-year contract from Dutch club Excelsior in the summer of 2015, spent last season on the fringes at Elland Road.
He was expected to be a regular in League One but all of his five appearances for the 18th-placed team have come as a substitute.
Meanwhile, Leeds beat Barnsley 2-1 on Saturday to climb into the top half of the Championship for the first time this season.
Monk’s side are 11th in the table after securing their fifth win from six matches in all competitions, and their fourth in five league encounters.
In other Leeds team news, this is what Sky pundit Ian Holloway predicted ahead of the team’s clash against Barnsley.