MOT View: Transfer report could highlight how Leeds fans judged Orta way too early
With no live football until May expected, Leeds United fans have been made to wait in their bid for promotion to the Premier League this season.
It is easy for fans to reminisce and remember some of their memories from Elland Road during the enforced Coronavirus suspension.
An intriguing case is that of director of football Victor Orta. The Spaniard was truly disliked in West Yorkshire at first due to some of his dodgy dealings in the transfer market.
Orta came in with Andrea Radrizzani, and the pair struggled to get to grips with the demand at the club with Garry Monk at the helm.
Players such as Billy Whitehouse, Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson arrived at Thorp Arch with many people questioning those deals for a club wanting promotion.
That led to the Spaniard being disliked, something which seems a distant memory in West Yorkshire now.
Leeds Live has recently released a report with some of Orta’s earliest deals, and maybe it hides the fact that fans were way too quick to judge him. Orta was behind transfers that brought the likes of Pontus Jansson, Kemar Roofe, Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez to Yorkshire.
All four of those have been key to the promotion push since Marcelo Bielsa arrived, and although two of them are no longer at the club, they still represent two great pieces of business for the Whites.
Look at Ayling and Hernandez – it is hard to imagine if Leeds would be capable of what they have achieved in recent years without that duo. Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has even admitted that they regret letting the defender leave the club, especially for as cheap as £250,000 [The Athletic].
That’s one of Orta’s best pieces of business for sure. Looking at Hernandez, the Spanish wizard is the heartbeat of this side, and even he arrived in West Yorkshire for little to nothing. The Spaniard is in the top 10 for most passes completed per game in the Championship, as well as third for the most key passes in each outing [WhoScored].
It was easy to slate Orta for some of his early dealings at Elland Road, but this certainly shares how fans could have been too quick to judge him.
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