By Will Butcher
Jordan Botaka opened his account for League One side Charlton on Saturday while on loan from Leeds – and fans reacted on Twitter with praise for their winger.
The 23-year-old winger scored in Charlton’s 3-3 draw against Rochdale, finally breaking his goal-scoring duck in England after moving to Leeds back in the summer of 2015.
Charlton’s number 14 finally scored his first goal on English soil after being played through one-on-one against Rochdale goalkeeper Ben Wilson.
Although the DR Congo international missed his first attempt by striking the post, the skillful winger remained composed by collecting the rebound and squeezing the ball into the net.
Leeds fans were pleased on Twitter for the former Excelsior winger, although some said that they’d actually forgotten he was still a Leeds player.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
JORDAN BOTAKA JUST BAGGED FOR CHARLTON TOO #LUFC
— NM (@nmarshall0) February 18, 2017
Holy Christ Botaka scoring for Charlton? 😅 RECALL #lufc
— Jack Clayton (@_JC95_) February 18, 2017
Forgot we had botaka. Haven't seen him name pop up on soccer Saturday too many times #lufc
— mathew hibbert 💙💛 (@matteohib94) February 18, 2017
Botaka scored for Charlton get him back 😂
— Billy McGlennon (@chuckielufc) February 18, 2017
Botaka scores for Charlton. Blast from the past that.
— Jennifer (@jenbarlufc) February 18, 2017
After just three starts for Leeds last term, Garry Monk opted to ship Botaka out on loan with the likes of Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, and Stuart Dallas all eyeing a place on the flanks.
Botaka, who made one appearance for DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations, is likely to struggle if he returns to Leeds in the summer after the January signings of Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza.
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