Leeds United make 'huge' error as Victor Orta failure compounded at Elland Road
It’s certainly been a bad week for the Leeds United board, with the Jean-Kévin Augustin saga being heavily criticised, and rightfully so.
However, another piece of disappointing news has gone somewhat unnoticed on what has been an eventful couple of days for Victor Orta and company.
The Athletic first reported on Monday 10 April that Leeds were pencilled in to take part in a brand new USA-based preseason tournament, along with a host of Premier League clubs.
The “Summer Series” represented a “huge opportunity” for Leeds to boost their commercial appeal across the pond, and considering the speed at which football is growing in America, it could well have expanded Leeds’ brand.
Furthermore, with the 49ers’ links to Elland Road, it would’ve made a lot of sense for Leeds to take part in the US. However, David Ornstein revealed later on Monday (Twitter, 10 April) that Fulham had replaced the Yorkshire side in the tournament due to their current Premier League position.
This is a huge blow and an opportunity which has been passed up by Orta, Andrea Radrizzani and even the 49ers. Leeds’ current league position is down to their poor recruitment, lack of investment and reluctance to sack Jesse Marsch.
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The majority of these issues do centre around Marsch, but had Leeds been smarter over the past year there’s a strong chance they would still be involved in the “Summer Series” this summer.
With football emerging at an alarming rate in the USA and the next World Cup being hosted partly in North America, there’s certainly a clamour for Premier League football.
Leeds’ American links could well have made them an attractive proposition for those across the pond, but their absence will potentially see their Premier League rivals gain the upper hand.
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