Former Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has been discussing his time at Elland Road over the weekend.
The DR Congo winger joined Leeds in the summer of 2015 from Dutch side Excelsior. The club was desperate to add wide options to the team and Botaka was snapped up by then Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler. However, Rosler did not last long and Botaka struggled under new boss Steve Evans.
Botaka played just 14 games for Leeds, registering one assist. He was subsequently loaned to Charlton Athletic for 2016-17 and released by Leeds in July 2017.
Speaking to ELF Voetbal, the 26-year-old explained how his experience at Leeds did teach him a lot.
“I learned a lot. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it. I had a very nice start there, but that changed with a coaching change. The new coach came with his own ideas and players. You know how it goes in England. The squads are very big and choices can be made that do not suit you.
“That made it a difficult time for me. During my loan to Charlton I often came to the job, but I wanted to play football at the highest level. That is why I chose Sint-Truiden.”
Botaka eventually headed back to Belgian football, where he started his career, joining Sint-Truiden.
The results have been positive. Not only has Botaka become a regular with his new club but he also became the club’s captain this season.
Leeds United fans often felt that Botaka had talent but he was, unfortunately, a victim of yet another managerial reshuffle at Elland Road.
But it appears his tough time in English football helped shape him into a better footballer. Now, Sint-Truiden are clearly reaping the benefits of his tough West Yorkshire learning curve.