Victor Orta coming good for Leeds in the transfer market

27 Jan 2020 04:47 pm, by YorkshireSquare

It’s fair to say Victor Orta has received a lot of flack from supporters during his time as Director of Football at Leeds United. A lot of it may be justified, some of his early signings were certainly questionable. Of the thirty players brought to the club during his first season, a lot may be regarded as flops; Ouasim Bouy, Jay-Roy Grot, Paweł Cibicki, Yosuke Ideguchi and Laurens De Bock to name but a few. More the makings of a Circus show that of a Championship winning football team. But even amongst that scatter gun approach to signings there are players who have gone on to form a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad over the last two seasons.

Mateusz Klich may have been shunned by Thomas Christiansen but since returning from his loan at FC Utrecht he has played a key part in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, the heartbeat of the Leeds United midfield. Ezgjan Alioski, our very own Duracell bunny, may not be a first name on the team sheet but his versatility and work rate has made him a valuable part of the squad. Tyler Roberts could yet be the best signing of the lot, injuries dependant, a bright young start for the future who has the potential to be a great signing for Leeds United. His strengthening of the U23s with players such as Jordan Stevens, Pascal Struijk and Ryan Edmondson will also reap rewards in the future.

Now with a more settled squad and a head coach with a clear idea of their requirements Orta is able to target specific players. This summer saw the return of Jack Harrison and the loan to buy move for Hélder Costa, both who are beginning to fulfil their potential. Ben White who arrived on loan from Brighton has excelled in the Championship. Illan Meslier may not have had many chances so far this season but proved his potential against Arsenal if the FA Cup. Despite Eddie Nketiah not having had too many chances and returning to Arsenal pulling off his loan deal in the first place was bit of a coup for Victor Orta with Leeds beating off competition from several other clubs.

This window three gaps in the squad were identified for Orta to fill. Replacements for Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah plus potential cover in case Kiko Casilla is banned. This summers signing of Illan Meslier has proved a more than capable deputy leaving Leeds able to bring in the talented young keeper Elia Caprile. Jack Clarkes replacement has come in the form of Ian Poveda who has impressed at youth level for Brentford and Manchester City. The young winger looks like a genuinely exciting prospect and Stuart Dallas is already impressed by what he has seen in training…

He's fast and direct. He's fitted in really well. It's good because I haven't seen a player take to a group as well as he's taken to us. I'm being serious. He's lively. We did the murderball session last week and I was up against him. I found out how quick he was.

That left a striker to bring in. Leeds have been messed about by multiple Premiership clubs despite some serious financial offers having been made this January. Fans were beginning to grow restless and Victor Orta was getting stick for not being able to get deals done. Frustrated by the lack of progress with Che Adams and Andre Gray, Orta looked overseas and has pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat. This time in the form of French youth international Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig, a potentially brilliant signing for Leeds. Victor Orta may have had a mixed success rate with his signings at Leeds but with a lot of the deadwood cleared is Victor Orta coming good for Leeds in the transfer market?

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Norm wrote on 29 Jan 2020 11:57 am

He]s certainly turned the screw in the right direction this January Adam - I'm delighted for us and actually for him because he's had some stick at times.