By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

27th Nov, 2022 | 3:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson wouldn’t be surprised if Victor Orta’s power is diminishing behind the scenes at Leeds United as the 49ers close in on a takeover at Elland Road.

Director of football Orta has been Andrea Radrizzani’s right-hand man ever since the Italian bought the Yorkshire club back in 2017.

Orta has been the main man behind managerial appointments and player transfers but Robinson believes that the Spaniard had less influence in the summer just gone.

Leeds hired American manager Jesse Marsch earlier this year, just months after US company 49ers Enterprises became 44 per cent owners of the club and agreed a deal to complete a full takeover in the future.

In the summer just gone, Marsch signed two fellow Americans and one of his former players from Red Bull Salzburg, leading to Robinson feeling as though Orta is now in a workspace that doesn’t quite suit him.

“It would seem that his input is becoming less,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

You don’t see what’s going on behind the scenes. But the manager seems to have had an influx of players he wants so it seems like Victor’s had his wings clipped a bit.

Whether that’s true or not, we don’t know. But we see and hear less of him and I suspect if that is the case, it’s not an environment he would enjoy working in.

If an opportunity arose – which there will be because he’s had a good record at Leeds – I’m sure there’d be a number of teams who’d take him.

As far as Leeds go, it’ll be interesting to see what they do in the next window with the players that come in and where they come from.

If you look at the summer, you cannot really say that Victor’s fingerprints were on many of the signings.”

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal that a takeover by the 49ers could be done within weeks.