MOT View: Yet another Orta misfire over Leeds U23s player once compared to Luis Suarez
The revolving door of the Leeds United Under-23s side is spinning yet again this month with young players both coming in and leaving Thorp Arch.
Italian goalkeeper Elia Caprile has been added to the ranks at Leeds after completing a move from Chievo.
The 18-year-old is almost certainly seen as one for the future, like so many other young players who have moved to Leeds since Victor Orta was made director of football.
It seems as though we are also set to see some players leaving Thorp Arch too with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting earlier this week that midfielder Guille Amor and striker Rafa Mujica are set to “cut their ties” with the Championship club.
Orta’s scattergun approach to youth recruitment has not really impressed a lot of fans, especially as in his two-and-a-half-years at Elland Road, none of his foreign imports are yet to really shine in the first team.
Kun Temenuzhkov was meant to be one of the hottest young prospects to head to Leeds when he joined in 2017 after leaving Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.
He joined the Whites as a Bulgarian youth international who had turned down the chance to represent Spain and the Guardian even listed him as one “of the best young talents in world football” and compared him to Barca’s Luis Suarez for his predatory instinct inside the penalty area.
However Temenuzhkov’s time at Leeds appears to be coming to an end which suggests that Orta has failed yet again to unearth a hidden gem from continental Europe.
Temenuzhkov was one of the most promising of arrivals in 2017 but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he could be on his way out of the club by the end of this month after being deemed surplus to requirements.
The Bulgarian has barely featured for the Under-23s this season despite being a regular for Carlos Corberan last term and is understood to be closing in on a return to Spain.
Although it could only be a loan deal as it is not yet certain his exit is going to be permanent, the fact that Segunda Division B side Lleida Esportiu are linked with signing him does not sound promising at all.
We can understand why Orta wants to sign young players from overseas in the hope that they can become stars of the Leeds first-team.
But he needs to tighten up his aim when finding these players and not just sign anyone who turns out to be available and has had a history at Barcelona, like Temenuzhkov, Amor and Mujica.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have turned their attention to this RB Leipzig striker.