As reported by media site Leeds Live, Leeds United Director of Football Victor Orta gave an insight into the capture of Helder Costa and just how the Whites managed to land such a star.
In a transfer window where Leeds fans were warned not to expect much action, a lot has certainly happened. Pontus Jansson has been sold to Brentford, Samu Saiz has gone to Girona and a host of Under-23s have been released to find new clubs – and have done so.
Yet trumping all of those, amidst the gloom and mire of departures, and shining above the arrivals, was the arrival of former Wolves and Benfica winger Helder Costa. Put simply, Leeds United could not have signed a better replacement to usurp the fact they lost out on Dan James in January.
The insight that Orta gave to Leeds Live begins to unravel some of that mystery that surrounded just how the Whites managed to convince Costa to be a part of what is happening at Elland Road. Contrasting the direction of Leeds United now to the past, Orta said: “People know us better now. For me, it’s the principle reason. In respect of last summer, a lot of people were scared about a lot of situations about us.”
Acknowledging the changes made by the Whites, Orta comments on the effect that this had on the perceptions that the Portuguese winger had. On this point, Leeds United’s Director of Football Orta said: “Now all the people enjoy the TV watching our football and this is the decision (reason why) Helder Costa prefer join us than prefer perhaps back on loan in Portugal or Germany first division, or another country, because we have now the identity to attract players.”
Of course, there are many critics within the Leeds United fanbase, and this is also something that Victor Orta touches on saying: “It makes me better. It’s good. I like the fans demanding. Again, all the clubs I worked with have been very demanding. Leeds United is a bit Latin in the way the fans are and I love this because I worked in Sevilla for seven years with passionate fans and this kind of criticism makes me better. I like because it’s made me focus to improve myself and analyse all and try to analyse the mistakes and this kind of thing.”