Botaka ready to impress for Leeds United

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NEW LEEDS United signing Jordan Botaka is ready to make a Championship wow following his deadline-day arrival from Dutch side Excelsior.

The speedy winger, 22, is backing himself to step up from the Eredivisie to English football - and one of the most competitive and intense leagues in Europe.

Botaka also admits he has been taken aback by the level of support and well-wishers at his new footballing home and is keen to reward the backing he has received from Whites fans.

He said: “I will have to adapt like other players who have come to England and I will have to do my best to follow them.

I have faith that it will be okay. If I didn’t think I was ready, I wouldn’t have come here.”

On becoming a United player and following in the footsteps of several players who started out in Dutch football including Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink, Clyde Wijnhard, Robert Molenaar and Willem Korsten, Botaka added: “Before I came here I knew Leeds United as a club in England but I didn’t know how big it was.

“When people started talking about Leeds United, I started to look on the internet to know more about the club.

“Everywhere you can see that Leeds have a great history, like in the Champions League and the Premier League.

“For me, it was easy to make that choice to come here. I don’t regret it for a second.

“I’ve already had a lot of messages of my Instagram and Twitter. From the moment I signed, my phone started going mad.

“I knew then what it would be like going into the stadium in front of 30,000 people... I think I’ll just open my mouth and look around for a second. It will be massive.”

Botaka admits his move came at breakneck speed, but equally he is delighted to be starting his new chapter of his career in the game at Leeds.

The DR Congo international, hoping for his United bow against Brentford this weekend, added: “For me, I was open to it and all of a sudden I was taking a plane to come here and I signed, had a medical and everything.

“It happened very quick and I’m happy.

“I think England is the best country to play football in. Everything, the stadium, the supporters, the competition is just way better. The best players are in England, I think.”

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