By Joe Ellis

19th Sep, 2022 | 2:12pm

Leeds United £177m better off than Manchester United in transfer overspending

Leeds United have had their transfer activity evaluated and it proves to be very good reading for the Whites, according to CIES Football Observatory.

The football research group have been comparing the prices paid for certain players since 2012 to what they are actually worth and it makes for alarming reading.

Of the 20 Premier League clubs, 17 of them have overspent in that period of time with Leeds being one of them but of those in the red, only Manchester City’s value is lower than the £31million accrued at Elland Road.

That might seem like a lot over just 10 years but it really isn’t as bad as it seems when you consider that only 25 transfers were taken into consideration for this experiment with a percentage of business taken.

Manchester United are way out front on the overspending side with their total value standing at £208million which is £177million more than that of Leeds United.

Awesome Orta

The vast majority of transfer business done at Thorp Arch for the last few years has been exceptional with the odd exception to the rule always hanging around somewhere.

To have such a small overspending value after a very long time shows just how well Victor Orta has picked and chosen who he pursues the most and his negotiation skills.

He may have taken some flack for how deadline day went with Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng deals falling through but like any player, he is entitled to one poor performance if the rest are at a very high standard, which they have been.

The latest swarm of arrivals over the summer are already starting to prove how the recruitment process at Leeds United is among the very best in the Premier League with Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson already on the top of their game.

More of the same going forward will leave the Whites in a very good position regardless of the man at the helm.

In other Leeds United news, another genius piece of summer business is proving itself after big injury news emerged on Saturday.