By Joe Ellis

27th Oct, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United: Victor Orta admits to World Cup uncertainty at Elland Road

The Qatar World Cup is a tournament that could cause a lot of problem for clubs and Leeds United are not exempt from this scenario.

As a result of the searing heat in the Arabian desert, the competition has had to be moved to the winter for the safety of the players but that has resulted in a month-long break from club football mid-season in Europe.

Leeds director of football, Victor Orta, has never seen anything like this before and he admitted in an interview that he has no idea how he will deal with this never-before-seen situation.

“Well, I don’t know, because it’s never happened,” Orta said when asked about how he would handle the World Cup break by Ole.com.

“I am expectant and nervous, because it is an issue that comes out of the control of the clubs. In addition, with our growth we are going to have several players involved. 

“I really don’t know how to manage the post. The pre seems easier to me: a motivated player, performing, wanting to have minutes and be a protagonist, with the World Cup there, trying to arrive in the best conditions and contributing things to the team.”

Find a way

It’s ok for Orta not to be entirely sure what might happen with a month-long break in the middle of a season but he cannot afford to let that uncertainty cause problems.

He has one of the most important jobs at Leeds United and with the January transfer window set to open just days after the resumption of club football on Boxing Day, he has to have his cards in order for an assault on the market.

Jesse Marsch may well be sacked by then but he could just as easily still be in charge and there has to be a very clear goal in mind for the first month of 2023 both on and off the pitch.

Orta has pulled off some sensational deals in the transfer market previously and there will be confidence that he can do so again in January because failure to do so will surely threaten his and Marsch’s post at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has predicted a seven-goal thriller for the Whites’ visit to Liverpool on Saturday (29 October) while criticising the club’s fans.