Transfer Focus: Victor Orta must be careful with Spanish-focused Leeds United policy

Leeds United sent scouts to watch Real Madrid’s Castilla team as they lost 2-0 to Cartagena on Sunday, according to La Verdad journalist Rubén Serrano.

The Whites’ most recent purchase from Los Blancos didn’t work out as planned, but it is clear that Victor Orta is trying to poach the best young talent from one of Spain’s superclubs.

Spanish cohort

With a Spaniard in charge of the transfers at Elland Road, it should come as no surprise that many of the Yorkshire club’s targets come from Orta’s homeland.

Of course, the director of football at Elland Road knows La Liga better than any other league in the world, and there are signs that a Spanish core is being built at Leeds United.

Ander Iturraspe and Rafa Mujica have already been linked during this window while Kiko Casilla, Pablo Hernandez and Samu Saiz are already at the club.

We have often seen teams be promoted from the Championship when they are built around one nationality. Norwich went up last year with a Germany-centric team, and Wolves went up the year before with a squad filled with Portuguese stars.

The Whites look to be attempting to follow this model once again but with Spanish players this time.

Be careful

Marcelo Bielsa’s side must be cautious when they are courting players from Real Madrid or Barcelona’s academies. For every Xavi or Lionel Messi, there’s a multitude of players who never hit the heights they are tipped for.

Bojan, Marcelo Djalo, Jese Rodriguez and Iago Falque are just a few names that have flopped in England after spending their formative years at one of the European giants’ academies.

Leeds could very easily find themselves overpaying for ‘the next big thing’ only for them to have a mediocre career and minimal impact in England.