Leeds could strike gold with their transfer policy

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

On Thursday, Leeds announced the signings of two young players from Barcelona, Rafa Mujica and Guille Amor.

These two youngsters will join up with the Whites’ youth teams where another former La Masia product currently plies his trade, Kun Temenuzhkov.

What’s the story?

Victor Orta’s links to Spain have seemingly helped the Yorkshire club bring in some promising talent from their director of football’s home country.

One place where Orta seems to like shopping is Camp Nou as he has signed multiple Barcelona youngsters in recent years.

La Blaugrana have an incredible track record of producing some of the world’s best talents such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, and the Yorkshire club have been looking to poach some of these players while they’re still developing.

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Could strike gold

It’s easy to think that United are just signing up Barca’s rejects and cast-offs that the club don’t see any value in, and while that may be true it doesn’t mean that they won’t one day turn into great players.

For all of the future stars to have played in the famous La Masia academy, many of them actually made their names elsewhere.

Just in England, we have seen Pepe Reina, Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gerard Pique act as examples of players who left Barcelona at a young age only to go on to become top-class talents.

Of course, Barca do keep some of their best talents such as Messi and Iniesta, but they seem to be poor judges of potential at times having let the aforementioned players leave at such a young age.

If Leeds carry on with this policy of signing youngsters from the Barca academy they could very easily strike gold, as there are clearly future stars to be poached from La Masia.

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