Victor Orta has boasted plenty of transfer successes over his tenure as Leeds United‘s director of football, often using his connections within the game to lure high-quality assets to Elland Road.
However, not every transfer can be seen as a win, and as is often the way there are some regrettable purchases to note.
One of his biggest failures to date is his inability to finally fix the club’s left-back situation, although it seemed like he might have stolen a coup when he secured a deal for Barcelona’s Junior Firpo for just £13m.
Billed as an all-action full-back, it was clear from the minute he began at the Yorkshire outfit that he was not the right fit.
With an erratic nature that often left him prone to defensive frailties, he has let down both Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch on numerous occasions now.
Not only this but should the Spaniard not be handed enough minutes, a clause in his contract can activate that will all but seal his exit from the Mestalla.
Noted as an “exciting prospect” by football talent Scout Jacek Kulig, his offensive and defensive characteristics both seem exemplary for someone so young.
Still clearly incredibly raw, there are vast amounts of untapped potential just waiting to be unleashed. Should Leeds sign him, there is little worry that he can perform at a level above what they have become accustomed to seeing.
So by signing the Valencia teen, Orta could finally help Leeds ditch Firpo for the greater good on the pitch.