Victor Orta hails one thing as 'amazing' at Leeds
Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has said the production of talent in the Leeds academy is “amazing” and said that bringing players through is a key part of his long-term vision for the club.
Orta was speaking on the latest episode of the Training Ground Guru podcast when he was asked what his long-term philosophy was at Leeds.
“I grew at Sevilla when I analyse our success I always have the same opinion – amazing academy and amazing talent, and I always try to recreate this,” Orta said.
“I respect a lot the academy at Leeds. If you watch the production of talent at this academy it’s amazing. I always support, with investment, with recruitment, we can still grow. For me, it’s really important to produce academy players because this club has history and we need to respect these kinds of things when I am working in a club.
“One thing I want when I leave is this philosophy, to bring through academy players and sign the very best talent.”
Orta has already seen a number of players come through the Leeds academy, although it’s not always possible to hold onto them.
Jack Clarke was the big name to break through to the first-team last season and he impressed so much he was snapped up by Tottenham in the summer for £10m before being loaned back to Leeds.
Jamie Shackleton is the big success story this season and he’s a regular first-team player now. Ryan Edmondson, Robbie Gotts, Will Huffer, and Alfie McCalmont, among others, are all on the fringes of the senior side.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa has very close ties with the Under-23 side, which he uses to bring senior players back to fitness and to help the youngsters develop, and the side had a huge 18/19 season, winning the PDL North title and the National play-offs.
The future looks bright at Leeds and the long-term philosophy of Orta seems to be working.
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