Leeds United’s summer transfer window has to be described as a success on the whole.
Ben White and Jack Harrison have been two of Leeds’ best players this term as they’re both averaging a WhoScored rating of over seven, and while Helder Costa has had a slow start, he’s come into his own in recent weeks, scoring three goals in his last seven games.
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However, one transfer that hasn’t worked out all that well is Eddie Nketiah’s loan move.
The striker has started just once in the league since joining the club on loan last summer, and on top of that, he’s only found the back of the net three times in 16 appearances.
Fortunately, his time at Elland Road is now over after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the news on New Year’s Day.
Nketiah has been something of a pointless signing, taking up one of five precious loan spots that United wouldn’t have wanted to waste.
Marcelo Bielsa clearly didn’t rate Nketiah all that much, and this signing is an advert for the dangers of operating with a Director of Football.
It seems that Victor Orta was the man behind Nketiah’s arrival as he made a ‘Dragon’s Den style pitch’ to the Gunners stating why the striker should move to Elland Road.
The problem was that the promises the Spaniard made during that pitch weren’t kept by the Argentine as he didn’t want to use him on a regular basis, failing to start him even when Patrick Bamford went ten games without a goal.
Orta has been left with egg on his face by signing a player that simply didn’t fit into the manager’s philosophy and he has to take the blame for this failed transfer experiment.
If Leeds are to replace Nketiah in January, the manager must have a say in which players are targeted by the club. He cannot solely rely on Orta’s judgement.