Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the Whites game with Charlton yesterday, former player Noel Whelan placed a lot of the blame for their defeat on DR Congo winger Jordan Botaka.

Leeds fell to a shock 1-2 defeat at the hands of the already relegated Addicks and home fans were understandably unhappy at the result.

Whelan, who played two seasons for the Whites in the 1990’s, spoke specifically about the performance of Botaka who was given a start following an impressive substitute appearance last week;

“I didn’t think Botaka took his chance today and I thought it was an average performance. He had the full game to do that but there just wasn’t enough end product for me today.”

The 22 year-old has struggled for game time at Elland Road since his move from Excelsior in the summer of 2015 – making just ten league appearances to date.

Despite playing for Netherlands at Under-19 level Botaka the pacey winger chose to play at international level for the DR Congo, scoring twice in his five caps for his country.

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  1. He would be better off blasting Bamba and Silvestri for another pathetic performance. Bamba may have scored but he is the worst centre half I have seen this year

  2. Noel 48 appearances 7 goals hardly one to criticise you didn’t make the earth move.

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