Leeds United: Rosler won’t rush Leeds new boy Botaka

Uwe Rosler.
Uwe Rosler.
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Uwe Rosler is weighing up Jordan Botaka’s next move after leaving Leeds United’s new signing out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Rosler will either use Botaka in an Under-21 fixture against Bristol City this afternoon or name him in his squad to face Ipswich Town tomorrow night having agreed with the winger that he would not be blooded over the weekend.

Botaka, 22, signed for Leeds on a two-year deal from Dutch club Excelsior on transfer deadline day but a spell of international duty with Congo restricted him to two training sessions under Rosler last week.


United’s boss said he was anxious to ensure that Botaka could “do himself justice” on his debut and the youngster was put through an extra session of training on Saturday while United fought out a stalemate with Brentford.

Rosler said: “Jordan and I had a conversation. He hadn’t trained much in the last two weeks.

“We tested him and he had training sessions on Thursday and Friday, then we talked about what is best for him and us. We came to an agreement that (Saturday) would be an opportunity to train again and bring him up to speed.

“We need to bring him up to a level where he can live up to the expectation he has of himself and that the supporters have of him. To throw him in would have been unfair.

“He needs to be on a level where he can do himself justice. He was part of that decision.”

United’s development squad host Bristol City at Thorp Arch at 1pm today, their fifth match of the season.

Rosler said: “There’s two options. He will be involved on Tuesday, option one. The second option is that he plays (today), the full 90 minutes.”

United’s head coach is preparing for a second home match in the space of four days, with Ipswich Town due at Elland Road tomorrow.

Leeds are re-assessing the fitness of Alex Mowatt after the midfielder was troubled by an injury in the lead-up to Saturday’s clash.

Mowatt started against Brentford but was substituted at half-time as Rosler sought a way back into the match following Marco Djuricin’s first-half strike.

Mowatt’s replacement, Mirco Antenucci, equalised 14 minutes from time with his third goal of the season.

“Alex was one of our more lively players in the first half,” Rosler said.

“He linked well and looked dangerous but he had an issue before the game. We got him ready and he played.

“At some point I planned to take him off in the second half but I decided to take him off earlier because after the last 25 minutes of the first half, we couldn’t carry on that way in the second half.”