Things are changing up at Elland Road as the Andrea Radrizzani era of ownership at Leeds United slowly starts to take shape. Whilst still looking for a manager/head coach, there is movement behind the scenes.
Spaniard Ivan Bravo has been elected onto the Leeds United board and the Whites have recruited ex-Middlesbrough employee Victor Orta as the club’s new Director of Football. Now it seems that Leeds are sticking with the sabor español as they look to recruit yet again from Spain, according to reporter Enrique García from publication ED.
— Enrique García (@EnriqueGarciaED) June 4, 2017
The article by Garcia for ED states in its title that the recently appointed Orta is reaching back to former employers Sevilla to bring in Daniel Salas, who was a key part of the solid structure that is Seville’s scouting and transfer network. Both Orta and Salas worked at Sevilla in a system created by Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, a man more commonly known as ‘Monchi’ – a goalkeeper turned transfer wizard for the Spanish club.
It is a reputation that bears up to scrutiny, and the facts don’t lie. It was Monchi’s system that signed Dani Alves for €1.3 million, selling him later and making €40 million on the sale. He signed Julio Baptista for €3 million and sold him for €25. Youth team players at Sevilla in the shape of Sergio Ramos, José Antonio Reyes and Jesús Navas were sold for almost €75 million.
Monchi created this system, both Orta and Salas were a part of it. With Orta at Elland Road, it now appears that, with bringing in the highly thought of Salas, that the new Leeds United Director of Football is looking to build a similar system at Elland Road.
Salas’ expertise and allotted area is as the head of scouting for Portugal and South America, markets where flair players can be brought in for relatively less that the cost of similar English youngsters.