This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
This week we got a little bit of insight into Leeds United’s current transfer policy as it was revealed that they’ve been using TransferRoom to complete a number of deals.
If you don’t know what TransferRoom is, think of it as Gumtree for footballers, as clubs attempt to flog their unwanted assets through an online platform.
While that may sound like a good arrangement, Leeds shouldn’t be over-reliant on it.
There’s no doubt that this system could lead to the club finding a number of bargains.
Scooping unwanted players for a cut-price fee seems to be a brilliant way of doing business as long as you can spot the gems amongst the list.
However, it is also a risky way of operating.
These players will be unwanted for a reason, and if they’re not performing at their current club they may also underperform at their new team.
This isn’t the only reason why Leeds should be careful in using this new technology as it also negates one of Victor Orta’s greatest talents.
Orta has been the man behind Leeds’ transfers in recent years, and one of his greatest assets is his skill of getting a deal over the line and his ability to spot a player.
For example, he made an extensive presentation to Arsenal to ensure that Leeds signed Eddie Nketiah ahead of Bristol City this summer, and he apparently spent two years scouting Ben White before bringing him in at Elland Road.
It’s fair to say that White and Nketiah were two of Leeds’ best signings this summer as White has been named by both fans and journalists as United’s Player of the Season so far and Nketiah is the club’s joint-top goalscorer.
If Orta is just handed a list of names on TransferRoom then he won’t be able to give Leeds the edge he provides through his meticulous nature when looking at which players to bring into the club.
Nothing beats actually scouting a player and meeting with club officials. That way everyone can get on the same page immediately. Doing things online could contradict that.