Leeds United have cut another fringe player from their squad by sending winger Jordan Botaka to Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.
Botaka will spend the whole of this campaign in League One, taking him through the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road and potentially spelling the end of his time with Leeds.
Head coach Garry Monk has not used Botaka in either of his matchday squads so far and the Leeds boss admitted this morning that surplus players would be moving on before the end of the transfer window.
Botaka joined United on a two-year deal from Dutch club Excelsior in September 2015 but a succession of coaches at Elland Road have overlooked him.
The 22-year-old played only three times under Uwe Rosler and found opportunities hard to come by under Steve Evans towards the end last season.
Monk took him on a pre-season tour of Ireland last month but Botaka failed to make the 18 for the first game of the Championship term at Queens Park Rangers and was not involved in last night’s League Cup tie at at Fleetwood Town.
Speaking to LUTV, Monk said: “As manager you have to assess players. Jordan’s done very well and I’ve enjoyed working with him but you have to make these decisions.
“There’s a certain amount of players I like to work with and you have to make decisions about whether players will help us take that step this season or not. Jordan wasn’t in my plans going forward so you have to give them an opportunity to find other options.”
Leeds worked hard at the start of the summer to trim excess players from their squad, allowing Casper Sloth to join Aalborg and agreeing a permanent deal with Ascoli for Tommaso Bianchi.
Giuseppe Bellusci moved to Empoli on a season-long loan and United are willing to listen to offers for Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.
Luke Murphy and Souleymane Doukara are two other players who have failed to figure in United’s opening two games and Monk said: “Unfortunately for those guys at the moment you can only select 18 players in a squad.
“Everyone will contribute and everyone has a chance but what will be important before the window closes is that we go forward with the squad that we need. The ones that I don't need will have to find other options.”