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Victor Orta hasn’t been the most popular figure since he became director of football at Leeds United and fans haven’t been shy of criticising him, but looking at his comments last week and the reports over the weekend, supporters would have every right to be annoyed with the Spaniard.
Jansson to Brentford is expected to happen at some point this week, and Adam Pope has stated that there is legs behind a potential move to Rangers for Roofe. Losing two of your most important players is bad enough, but Orta’s comments earlier in the window made out like this wouldn’t be happening.
The Spaniard spoke about the importance Marcelo Bielsa has placed on keeping the same squad next term.
“He made an amazing season with the team, and now we want to use the weapon of continuity. That can be the best strategy for the Championship this year,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of changes at a lot of clubs and with Marcelo and the continuity, that can be the key. Because in the possibility of a fight for promotion, now the new methodology is nothing because 90, 95 per cent of the squad know and only the new players need to adapt.”
Orta states that the ‘weapon of continuity’ will be Leeds’ best strategy for getting promoted next season, so why are the Whites set to let two of their most vital players from last season leave?
Jansson played in 39 games while Roofe was their top scorer. If both of these men leave, it represents anything but continuity. Rather than continuing with the same XI who came so close last season, Bielsa may have to look towards a new centre-back and a striker.
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With the addition of Helder Costa and the possibility of Kalvin Phillips leaving, the Whites could line up with four new players in their starting XI which seemingly isn’t what Orta was talking about when he said that continuity would be key for the Whites’ upcoming promotion push.