MOT View: Orta must hope he's unearthed gem as teen centre-mid heads for Leeds trial
Victor Orta has reshaped the way the youth system at Leeds United works since he was hired as director of football in 2017.
Leeds no longer solely rely upon their academy to create and nurture young talent, but they also reach out far across the globe in order to lure exciting up-and-coming players to Elland Road.
Orta’s record has so far been hit and miss, as is usually the way in youth recruitment.
He’s had some success in his foreign imports with Pascal Struijk recently making his senior debut for Leeds while Polish teen Mateusz Bogusz is one of the more exciting players in the current Under-23s squad.
There have been plenty of flops too though with Orta welcoming a spate of young players from across Europe in the 2017/18 season, most of which have since left the Yorkshire club.
Still, Orta seems happy to press on with his strategy of welcoming young players from Europe to Leeds with Sweden Under-17 international Nuha Jatta being the latest to arrive.
GAIS Gothenburg confirmed via their official website on Monday that Jata, 16, has been granted permission to go on trial with Leeds.
Jata is a central midfielder and will train with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s side up until December 22, meaning could play on Friday night in their clash against Nottingham Forest’s Under-23s side.
It remains to be seen whether the Whites seek a permanent deal for Jata but Orta will no doubt be hoping that he has unearthed a gem in the young Swedish midfielder.
Jata has already made four senior appearances for GAIS when he has played in the second tier of Swedish football.
At the age of only 16, he became the first player born in 2003 to play in senior league football in Sweden.
Jata turns 17 in January and he will no doubt be hoping that he can celebrate that birthday with a permanent move to England to join Leeds.
Let’s hope he impresses during his trial period at Thorp Arch.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Jarrod Bowen.