Leeds in danger of making a mistake if Victor Orta’s comments are to be believed

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Leeds’ pre-season preparations continued with a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at the weekend, ending their tour of Australia which has been somewhat controversial.

Marcelo Bielsa initially didn’t travel whilst he also kept behind a number of his first-team stars after deciding upon a squad of 16 to travel to the other side of the world.

It’s been a strange pre-season for Leeds who are yet to do a great deal in the transfer market but have also let stalwart Pontus Jansson leave.

But with him departing, they could now be on the verge of making a critical mistake.

On the chalkboard

Last week Paul Bell hinted that financial fair play was behind the sale of Jansson, who departed the club after making 37 starts in the Championship last term.

However, comments now made by Director of Football Victor Orta suggests a replacement may not be brought in.

In an interview with Leeds Live, he had the following to say about their transfer activity:

“We had a plan at the start of pre-season in terms of ins and outs. Now, more or less, we are 90 per cent covered in the plan we have.”

These comments don’t bode particularly well for the Whites who appear to be more or less finished in the market.

In terms of their attack, they look well equipped having brought in Helder Costa but questions still lie defensively.

Leeds fans voiced their concerns with the defence after losing to Manchester United last week, berating Gaetano Berardi and demanding that new faces were brought in.

He only featured 15 times in the league last term so it’s questionable that he may now be trusted in defence for the entirety of the upcoming campaign.

Not replacing Jansson, who won a colossal 4.9 aerial duels and 2.4 tackles per game last term, would be a considerable error.

Leeds just missed out on promotion in 2018/19, but they could be even further behind the pack if they don’t sign a replacement to bolster their defensive ranks.

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