Sky journalist: Leeds 23-year-old set to leave Elland Road, numerous clubs interested
By Will Butcher
Jordan Botaka is set to return to Holland this summer after a nightmare spell with Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.
Botaka is set to be released by Leeds after the managerless club revealed their retained list on their official website, with his contract set to expire at the end of the month.
Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old was likely to leave Elland Road after spending the 2016-17 season on loan with Charlton.
It is believed that the fleet-footed winger has multiple Eredivisie clubs interested in him bringing him back to Holland, after first joining Leeds from Dutch outfit Excelsior.
— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) June 4, 2017
The 13-time Democratic Republic of Congo international moved to Yorkshire in the summer of 2015, but has endured a difficult spell at Elland Road.
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Looking to tempt the Championship side in offering him a new deal to remain at Elland Road, the skillful attacker joined Charlton on a season-long loan.
However, Botaka scored just two goals and provided only two assists during his 29 league and cup encounters and is now expected to leave Leeds and return to Holland.
Football Insider verdict:
Although he has shown in glimpses that he is capable of serious quality, Botaka is not clinical in the final third and is inconsistent at best. Too much so to be plying his trade in the Championship with Leeds, and getting him off the Elland Road wage bill is more important than giving Botaka a second Leeds chance. Owner Andrea Radrizzani completed his first signing since taking complete control of the former Champions League side, securing a permanent deal for Sporting Lisbon winger Hadi Sacko. That has seen Botaka pushed even further down the pecking order behind Sacko, Souleymane Doukara, Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas and a move back to his home country could be the perfect remedy in reigniting his career.
In other Leeds transfer news, here are three former players Leeds could have signed instead of bringing Sacko to Elland Road on a permanent basis.