Leeds United’s transfer bloodhound Victor Orta has gotten many decisions right over his multiple windows in the market whilst at the club. He has lured players like Patrick Bamford to Elland Road, helping turn the tide for the Whites completely.
But Orta must also be acknowledged for the deals he doesn’t pursue. Whilst his record isn’t perfect, he can be applauded for his caution surrounding certain transfer targets and his ultimate decision not to spend Andrea Radrizzani’s money on average players.
One grand example was his choice to pull out of any potential deal with summer transfer target Michael Cuisance.
Despite agreeing a fee of £18million for the midfielder, the move never materialised. Back in October, Phil Hay confirmed that Cuisance would not be joining Leeds in any capacity. The 21-year-old has since joined Marseille on loan, but is yet to really make an impression in his native country.
According to Transfermarkt, Cuisance has only been selected to start on 11 occasions and has managed to contribute just one assist in 20 total appearances across all competitions. This isn’t just a blip on the radar either. Last season was equally as disappointing, with the playmaker finishing the term with a mere one league goal and one assist for parent club Bayern Munich.
Marcelo Bielsa is currently in desperate need of bolstering his midfield options, but throwing cash at unproven players is not something Leeds can afford to do.
The Argentinian relies heavily on Mateusz Klich to create the majority of goalscoring opportunities. He has three goals and five assists in the Premier League so far, second behind leading talisman Bamford on ten goals and two assists for the season, as per BBC Sport.
Whilst having an extra name on the books in case of injury problems would have been nice, £18million is a very steep figure to fork out for a player who hasn’t done much to shout about recently. The intensity of the Premier League could have also spelled disaster for Cuisance, with many players finding it difficult to adapt after moving from the European leagues.
Leeds ultimately dodged a bullet when the Frenchman’s deal collapsed and now they can use it as a learning curve to target more proven, reliable midfielders.
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