By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 10:15pm

Orta still disappointed Harvey Barnes chose West Brom ahead of Leeds

Victor Orta has been discussing running the transfer activities at Leeds United, and he has revealed he once felt let down by Harvey Barnes.

The Whites were keen on a loan deal for the Leicester City attacking midfielder back in the summer of 2018, but he joined West Brom instead.

Orta has shared how the one-cap England international, 23, promised to return to sign a deal after both parties had struck an agreement, only for him to turn up at The Hawthorns instead.

Leeds director of football told La Media Inglesa (translated by Joe Brennan for All Stats Aren’t We): “Then you need to get onside all of the people around the player, even those in the club, we are a club with resources but that are limited compared to others; monetary decisions; decisions from the player.

“Harvey Barnes, in this room, said to me “I’ll see you on Monday”. That was the first year, when he was at Leicester and went on loan to West Brom, he got it wrong [that he would see Orta on Monday] because he turned up at West Brom! And you think, that’s football!”

Missed chance?

The Elland Road outfit were going about recruiting some quality players that fitted into Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play after bringing the Argentine to Yorkshire that summer, and Barnes was seen as an ideal signing.

The Leicester academy graduate moved to West Brom instead, scoring nine goals and assisting six others in 26 Championship games to help them reach the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs – where they lost to Aston Villa.

Leeds also reached the semi-finals, losing to Derby County, but they did enough to secure automatic promotion the following season by winning the league.

Barnes has gone on to establish himself as a key player for Leicester, scoring 15 league goals and registering 13 assists since then.

A permanent move to Elland Road would not have likely happened had he joined them temporarily, but we will never know whether he would have helped Bielsa secure promotion at the first time of asking.

In other Leeds United news, a Man City star has insisted Whites ace is the toughest player on his international team.