Orta's ready to raid
01 Jun 2021 07:44 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 1st June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Orta's ready to raid
The transfer window is officially open for business, and nobody knows that more than Leeds Director of football Victor Orta. The Spaniard has been plotting and scheming for months identifying talent from all over the World and sharing his findings with Bielsa. Leeds 'chosen one' does not always agree with Orta's recommendations. It's well documented that the two of them have been known to share many heated arguments.
Orta was particularly influential in bringing Rodrigo, Raphinha and Diego Llorente to Elland Road last Summer, and will be looking to unearth similar talent this term, but would like business concluded by the end of this month! We can expect Jack Harrison to sign on the dotted line in the next 48 hours, apart from that, the Whites have been careful not to confirm the identity on their shopping list, so not to alert other clubs. In a recent interview, Orta stated...
It’s a strange market, I think obviously I want all the new players to start pre-season. I still have a long month of June and obviously I hope that the month of June we can finish the job. “We can put our effort but it is not always just our side. Perhaps from our side, it is all done but there are a lot of people involved and it is out of our control.
Roberts has massive opportunity to impress
Just over two months have passed since Tyler Roberts, along with Hal Robson-Kanu and Rabbi Matondo decided to disobey orders and go AWOL from the Welsh camp in the middle of the Corona epidemic. All three were sent home in disgrace. Roberts has not had the best of seasons for Leeds, he can be brilliant one minute, and dreadful the next, yet Bielsa has faith in the 22 year old, as do Wales. Whilst Robson-Kanu and Matondo have both been dropped from the Welsh Euro squad, Roberts keeps his place. Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post Roberts claims...
It was obviously a mistake that I made and I was thinking straight away about the Euros. I made a mistake and owned up to it. We've had conversations internally about it and it was good to chat with the gaffer.
When you make a mistake it's a hard conversation to have. You have to be a man and own up to it. "It was a learning curve and I'm just grateful not to have been in a worse situation. "We've cleared the air and it's in the past, I'm looking to move on now and get my head down.
I'm just grateful that I've been selected and the next thing is to make an impact and do well. Rabbi was here, he was all OK. He's disappointed not to be going but he's the type who will go back to his club, work hard and try and push to be in the next camp.
When I found out I was in the squad it was an extremely proud moment. It was a very emotional time. I called my family straight away and let them know, it's been a great 24 hours. Our ranking is quite high now compared to what it was. But I'd definitely say we are underdogs. That's great because we are confident we can go there and look to win.
We must not forget that Roberts in only 22, and attackers don't tend to mature until 24/25. He has one year left on his contract, and Bielsa is keen to retain him! Out of the first team regulars, Roberts is by far the worst paid. His salary is between is between £4000-£5,000 a week. To put it in contrast, Alioski earns almost four times as much! Newcastle are keen to take Roberts to St James Park, with a fee of 10m being mentioned. We may think that is a lot for a player with twelve months left on his contract, but what if Wales have a great Euro's and Roberts stands out?