Big changes on the cards at Leeds as first reported details of summer overhaul emerge
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Amid a new report that major changes are on the cards at Leeds United, the big question nagging away at supporters is, can we trust the men in charge to get it right?
The Sun on Sunday report that Leeds will carry out a review of backroom staff after a medicore season at Elland Road and claim that departures are “likely”.
As first details emerge of Paul Heckingbottom’s summer transfer plan, it is said that a new goalkeeper is a priority following the flop signings of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan.
Fair enough, no-one will quibble that new number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell needs to learn the ropes from a keeper who doesn’t get a nose bleed every time the ball is flung into the box.
But there will be a concern whether the executives and senior management team have the skill and experience to make the correct decisions.
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Is the goalkeeping coach, or the physio, or the kit man the problem? Or is the recruitment team who have made so many bum signings amid a whirlwind of arrivals over the last two windows?
Any cursory check of Leeds on social media will see incessant calls for director of football Victor Orta to be replaced.
He is not so much an unpopular and misunderstood figure as one who fans want guillotined before a single more new player is recruited.
Orta’s record has left little confidence among supporters that he can sign the men needed to turn the club into genuine promotion candidates after the wheels fell off a season that had begun so promisingly.
Of his captures, Samuel Saiz and Adam Forshaw have been very good, Ezgjan Alioski has done reasonably well, and the rest have either been maddeningly average or plain hopeless.
A review sounds sensible enough, but is it the people conducting the review who actually need to be replaced?
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.