It’s fair to say Victor Orta didn’t have a great start to life at Leeds United. He had a certain amount of money to spend and a full squad to assemble and he got a lot wrong. It wasn’t all bad and the situation with Mateusz Klich sums up his time so far at Leeds United. A celebration on Saturday proved just how much he wants this club to succeed.
Orta was filmed enjoying himself as Leeds United bagged a late equaliser at home to Brentford at the weekend. Some fans won’t have the theory he has turned things around. He hasn’t done anything to hurt the club but he did sign a variety of players who weren’t good enough. He also signed a few very good players and most importantly so far he came up with an idea, and idea that would change the landscape of the football club, Marcelo Bielsa.
I said when Bielsa arrived it was a clean slate for Orta. He had produced one of the most outrages signings in the clubs history, backed by the funding of Andrea Radrizzani. He then bowed to the demands of Bielsa in the transfer market and rather than signing quantity he signed quality. Barry Douglas, Patrick Bamford, Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman and Jack Harrison have all arrived and Bielsa seems happy.
Going the other way Leeds have held onto the stars such as Samu Saiz and Pontus Jansson, and that brings me to the players who have succeeded at the club. Saiz is the obvious choice, and then the story of Mateusz Klich. He was looked at as a poor piece of business last season but this season he’s been the best player so far. Bielsa is getting the credit, along with Klich and both are fair, but Orta picked him out of the Dutch league and made it happen.
The young players at the club are being guided by Carlos Corberan, a recruit of Victor Orta and although many of the young players have been coached by coaches already at the club they seem to be kicking on with some of the new players around them and certainly the pathway is clear for all to see at the moment. Victor Orta has bounced back this season, no doubt about that.