Victor Orta has admitted that he made “a lot” of mistakes during his first year as the director of football at Leeds United.
Andrea Radrizzani hired the Spaniard, who had previously worked at Middlesbrough, to take charge of Leeds’ transfer recruitment.
In the first summer transfer window with Orta at the club, Leeds brought in Thomas Christiansen as manager and welcomed an influx of new players.
Only a few of those players remain today with Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski among them but the vast majority have left without having much of an impact in the team.
Orta has now held his hands up and suggests he might have signed too many overseas players and not took into consideration what the fans might want to see in terms of transfer recruitment.
“My first year in Leeds I made a lot of mistakes that were a foundation to improve the day by day the next year,” said Orta, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “The important thing is to have a balance between sports results, business results and community results. We need to work for the fans. I am now top of the league, but if I am top of the league with seven Italians and four Spanish, because my chairman is Italian or Spanish, it is not good
“These kind of things are important for me, the balance between sport, business and community. You are really small in the size of your club.”
Orta had his gems in that first summer transfer window.
Klich was initially seen as a flop as he barely played under Christiansen and was loaned out in the January transfer window but the Poland midfielder has since started every single league game with Marcelo Biela in charge.
Alioski has also played a key role while Samuel Saiz’s was brilliant to watch during his spell at Elland Road.
But then you have the likes of Hadi Sacko, Felix Wiedwald, Caleb Ekuban, Ouasim Bouy, Laurens De Bock and Pawel Cibicki.
Some of those signings were truly awful but at least Orta sees that now and his recruitment is a lot better with Bielsa working alongside him.
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