Victor Orta has turned the Leeds United Under-23s team into a revolving door of talent since arriving as director of football at Elland Road.
While a good number of Orta’s signings have been hits, there have been a lot of players who the Spaniard has brought in from outside of the UK that have offered next to nothing for the Yorkshire giants.
One player who Leeds signed for the Under-23s last summer was striker Rafa Mujica, who signed a three-year deal with the Championship club after his contract at Barcelona expired.
Mujica, 21, scored seven goals in 33 appearances for Barcelona’s B team before he swapped Estadi Johan Cruyff for Thorp Arch but was back in Spain a lot sooner than he might have thought when he was loaned to Segunda Division side Extremadura.
Life at Extremadura was tough for Mujica as he made just seven second-tier appearances in Spain, failing to score once.
It wasn’t a surprise in January when that loan deal was terminated but if anything, that was a blessing in disguise for the young forward.
Mujica was snapped up on loan by La Liga club Villarreal and has since been playing for their B team in the third-tier of Spanish football.
While it’s a drop down from the Segunda Division, the B team system in Spain means that Mujica is playing against some very strong sides. One of which being his former team-mates of Barcelona B.
Mujica not only scored against Barcelona B last month, but he has scored four goals in seven appearances for Villarreal B.
According to stats by WyScout, he has averaged three shots on target per appearance since his January move to join the Yellow Submarine and his xG is 0.46.
In comparison, Patrick Bamford’s xG at Leeds this season is 0.51.
However Mujica has averaged 0.72 goals per 90 minutes of action at Villarreal while Bamford has averaged 0.39.
It’s not to say that Mujica is better than Bamford but clearly, the Spanish youngster has shown signs that he can become an asset for Leeds down the line.
Perhaps, once his loan spell in Spain ends, Mujica will have a chance to show his worth at Elland Road, whether it be in the Under-23s or in the first-team.
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