When it comes to the January transfer window, Victor Orta must shriek with absolute horror.
Cast your minds back two years ago and you will see him head in hands after a move for Dan James fell through. If that wasn’t bad enough, a move for Jean-Kevin Augustin last January was nothing short of a disaster.
He played just 48 minutes of first-team football before Leeds failed to pay their obligation to buy the forward from RB Leipzig.
Thus, signing a striker this month would surely be pointless. There’s certainly a case to be made but that clearly isn’t the thought process of Orta.
According to Football Insider, Leeds have a concrete interest in Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
The forward has scored 11 times this term but we have already raised concerns over a move for the £30k-per-week man. That’s because his qualities, certainly in terms of passing, leave a lot to be desired.
Since being linked with the Whites, we haven’t had an opportunity to watch him in action but that changed on Saturday. Unfortunately, supporters and indeed Orta will have been left pretty bemused with the events that followed.
Mateta didn’t start in Mainz’s 2-0 defeat to Frankfurt and judging by his abject cameo from the bench, you can understand why.
The 23-year-old was absolutely woeful and after being introduced with 13 minutes to play, he only attempted two passes – both of which were unsuccessful.
He touched the ball on only six occasions and on four of them, he was dispossessed by an opponent or lost the ball. Mateta’s only dribble was unsuccessful while the less said about his shooting the better.
The Frenchman’s one and only shot at goal happened to be off-target. With Mainz looking for a route back into the game, his display was nothing short of shocking.
As far as cameos go, this was one to quickly forget and it only provides further reasoning behind why Leeds need to forget about him.
Patrick Bamford is the undisputed number nine at Elland Road and as a result, Mateta would be restricted to appearances from the bench. On this evidence, he is not good enough to provide a spark as a substitute.
Orta should be particularly displeased with his scouting network if the striker is indeed a genuine target this month. He isn’t good enough for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.