Evans shares how Leeds outcast turned around his career

By Coral Barry

Steve Evans has revealed a remarkable change in attitude has led to Jordan Botaka’s recall to the starting eleven as the winger lines up against Charlton in Leeds’ final home game of the season.

Botaka had been out in the cold at Elland Road in recent months, but has come back into the Leeds fold in recent weeks and set up the Whites’ late equaliser against Hull last weekend after he was introduced at half-time.

It is the winger’s first start since October and completes a fantastic turn around for the youngster who looked to be heading out of the Yorkshire club.

“After a cameo appearance against Wolves and an excellent 45 minutes against Hull, [Botaka]deserves to play,” said Evans speaking to LUTV about his team selection before the game.

“I’ve said to him don’t let it [playing for a new contract] be a point to prove, just go and prove that point continually because there is going to be good players here next season.

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“The words to Jordan are just ‘good luck son’. He’s worked really hard since I had my chat with him three, four weeks ago. Really, really hard. I’ve seen such a difference [in him] and he’s made a difference in our performances.”

Botaka takes the place of Lee Erwin and is one of three changes from the team that faced Hull last week.

Lewie Coyle comes in for the injured Gaetano Berardi and Luke Murphy is also back in the side after coming on as a substitute against Hull.

In other Leeds news, Andy Ritchie has named his choice for the best Whites manager in the last five years.