By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Nov, 2022 | 8:53am

Tony Dorigo sings praises of Victor Orta and Tyler Adams after Leeds United ace shines at World Cup

Tony Dorigo has praised Leeds director of football Victor Orta for signing Tyler Adams in the summer after he shone at the World Cup for United States.

The summer signing captained his nation during the 1-1 draw with Wales on Monday (21 November) and was labelled the “best player on the pitch” for his performance.

Dorigo, writing in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post (23 November), has praised the signing of the defensive midfielder and says the signing shows that Orta is great at his job and finding value in the market.

“Tyler Adams’ position as a midfield cog means he gets through a huge amount of work that others don’t normally see, so it’s fantastic that he’s getting his recognition and plaudits for Leeds United and the US Men’s National Team,” he said.

“The £20m Leeds paid for him already looks like money very well spent and a big tick in Victor Orta’s win column.

“With the director of football role you’re not talking about a 100 per cent strike rate, it’s always going to be difficult because you look to get value and see what comes out at the other end.

“There is value to be found around Europe and no matter how much analysis you and your recruitment team get through, it’s still a gamble because a question mark exists over a player’s ability to come in and do it in the Premier League.

“Adams is proving that he can, weekend after weekend, and he’s taken to Premier League football like a duck to water.”


Victor Orta and the Leeds board have got plenty of issues and flaws, but there is one thing fans can’t deny and that is their efficiency in the transfer market.

When it comes to unearthing gems and signing them for a good price, there aren’t many better and that has been shown in recent years with the arrivals of players like Illan Meslier, Raphinha, Robin Koch, Luis Sinisterra and Adams.

Adams was used to appearing in Europe’s elite competition with RB Leipzig and the club moved quickly to exploit their connections with the club to bring him in for a modest fee and bolster their midfield options.

His presence in the side has dramatically lessened the aftershock of Kalvin Phillips leaving the club in the summer, to the point where it could be argued we’re barely missing him in the side.

As his performances continue to grow he is likely to attract attention, but that is hopefully a while away and Elland Road can be thankful that he’s wearing the white of Leeds already.

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