Leeds United will be limited in the transfer market this summer according to Victor Orta, as reported by AS.

New post-Brexit regulations set out by the FA, Premier League and EFL require EU-based players to gain a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) in order to play in the UK.

And GBEs will be awarded according to a points-based system, which heavily favours players with international experience and those who play for higher reputation clubs.

That means it will be more difficult to sign young or unproven players, and Orta says that will hinder Leeds.

Orta said, “Those who are most punished by the new rules are the clubs that are looking for young pearls that are still semi-unknown.

“Now the market is going to go directly to confirmed, established players.

“It will be difficult to discover players in the French or Spanish second division. For example, (Riyad) Mahrez or Adama (Traore), now they would not come.

“The first thing we have to do now as clubs is to know if the players we are following meet the requirements that are asked. There is already an application that does the calculation for you. Scouting rewards little.

“It hurts the Championship and the mid-table clubs in the Premier League, for example Leeds.”

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What can we expect?

The new rules undoubtedly limit the Whites in their transfer ambitions, but it is not the end of the world.

We would all love to find the next Mahrez or Traore but if we are honest there was a slim chance of that happening before the introduction of GBEs.

It is possible that these restrictions could instead help us as it allows us to narrow our attention on more high-calibre targets.

We did that last summer and we should do so once again.

After all, they are most likely to improve the team and bring the best out of the players already here.

Rodrigo and Raphinha have had a positive impact, and it is possible Robin Koch and Diego Llorente will too once they recover from injuries.

Picking up a youngster could serve us in the long-term but it is more of a gamble than getting an international.

Orta should try and continue the recruitment strategy he showed in the summer, and hopefully he is not limited too much.

If he wants young players he can instead look closer to home, and apparently has done with the likes of Sean McGurk, Louis Sibley and Jason Knight being linked in recent weeks.

There is a chance to use these restrictions in our favour, therefore, so there is plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the summer window despite this news.

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