Victor Orta has made his fair share of signings since being hired as the Leeds United director of football just under three years ago.
We have seen a variety of flops but we have also seen a good number of hits too with the Spanish transfer chief overseeing transfers for the likes of Samuel Saiz, Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski.
Orta has attracted a lot of criticism in his first few years at Elland Road and while we can understand the frustration with the large number of foreign imports into the club’s youth system, we can also see why he’s doing it.
One of the latest young players linked with a move to Leeds is Linfield centre-forward Charlie Allen.
The 16-year-old, who has been capped five times at Under-17 level for Northern Ireland, is one of the hottest young prospects in Belfast and it seems that he is on his way to West Yorkshire.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Leeds have beaten a number of top clubs to signing Allen.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Rangers have all eyed the teenage striker but Leeds have come out on top and are set to finalise a deal within the coming months.
A lot of Leeds fans are probably wondering who Allen is and whether or not he will be any good but ex-Whites striker David Healy, who manages Allen at Linfield, has offered some glowing praise of the youngster.
“Charlie has all the attributes, too. He may not have the size and stature yet, but he has absolute quality and is one that has been coming to the attention of other clubs and rightly so,” he said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
Former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has also spoken highly of Allen, saying he “looks like one for the future” and would have been pushing for the Rangers first-team if he headed to Ibrox.
Allen has already made eight senior appearances for Linfield and made his debut last season when he was only 15-years-old.
Although we accept that the standard of football in Northern Ireland isn’t that great, we cannot ignore Allen’s age and potential, the praise from a proven goalscorer like Healy and that so many top clubs wanted to sign him before Leeds swooped in.
Orta has had his fair share of flops but we believe that he could be unearthing a gem with Allen.
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