He’s been pilloried, had abuse cast his way and fans actively calling for his removal from the club. It’s not easy being VIctor Orta.
He came to Elland Road in the early throes of Andrea Radrizzani’s tenure as owner at Leeds United. He learned his trade as an analytical scout at Sevilla under the legendary Monchi and was said to come with a weapons-grade contact book.
Leeds United fans were expecting a lot from him, and the early signs with the capture of players such as Gianni Alioski and Samu Saiz were promising. However, that promise died back a little and fans were quicker to heckle him over captures such as Dutch youngster Jay-Roy Grot and an under-used Swede in Pawel Cibicki.
Yet, with the following tweet, Phil Hay sets a lot of Leeds fans straight about the important role Orta has played in this deal:
Easy to underestimate the effort that's gone into the Bielsa deal. For all the criticism of him (much of it deserved) Orta has been in the thick of it from the start.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 14, 2018
Admitting that criticism of Orta was, to some degree, deserved, Hay points out that the much-maligned Spaniard has been at the centre of the negotiations to bring Bielsa to the club – the Argentinian scheduled to arrive on 23rd June.
Bielsa’s repute as a quasi-god in football, coupled with Orta’s player contacts and Radrizzani’s money could hopefully be harmonised in a powerful trinity. The doggedness that Leeds United have shown to land Bielsa, if supported by the right players – and they WILL come – could be a turning point for the Whites.
Leeds United fans, it could very well be the time to cast those doubts to one side and dare to dream.