By Daniel Feliciano

26th Dec, 2022 | 8:10pm

Victor Orta can win Leeds United fans back with January window after recent interview comments

It wasn’t too long ago that Leeds United fans were calling for Victor Orta to be among those to leave Elland Road after a poor run in the Premier League.

The Whites were in a rut domestically and facing relegation, with manager Jesse Marsch and owner Andrea Radrizzani all feeling the wrath of supporters at different stages.

Whites fans chanted “sack the board” back in October during the 3-2 loss to Fulham, which made it six defeats in eight games at the time.

It didn’t help much when Leeds earned a late come-from-behind win over Bournemouth and Orta was filmed in the stands mocking Leeds fans by shouting back, mocking those “sack the board” shouts from a few weeks prior.

Fans had had enough and wanted him gone, which is ironically just after rumours started about Chelsea being interested in taking him to Stamford Bridge as part of Todd Boehly’s revolution, with some reports claiming he had already held talks with the Blues owner.

That never materialised though, with Chelsea instead hiring RB Leipzig man Christopher Vivell instead.

Now in an interview with Spanish outlet AS (23 December), Orta has revealed he was never close to leaving and never had any talks or interest in going to Chelsea.

“No, everything I knew, I found out from the press. I was and I am very happy in Leeds and that is why they would not even consider my name, because it came to them that I was not going to leave the club in any way.

“At Chelsea they wouldn’t even consider my name because they would know that I wasn’t going to leave the club.”

With Leeds not in the relegation zone at the time of writing, and Leeds fans not so vocal in their shouts for Orta to leave the club right now, the January transfer window represents a big moment for their fractured relationship.

It’s well known that the Whites need a striker and a left-back during the winter window, with Marsch publicly sharing that information several times. It’s Orta’s job to get that done.

If he can deliver on the manager’s needs then any blame for anything bad that follows would be absolved by him, because he can do no more. The attention would rightly turn to Marsch and the players for not performing.

If however he can’t deliver those signings and Leeds struggle in the second half of the season, then all eyes will once again be on him.

This is his chance to show that he is the right man for the job and that Leeds fans were wrong to ever call for his head in the first place. Or he could prove them right with a shoddy transfer window performance.

In other Leeds news, international striker eyed as January signing at Elland Road