By Danny Wright

21st Mar, 2018 | 6:42pm

Heckingbottom makes admission about Victor Orta relationship at Leeds, says what must happen

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he and director of football Victor Orta must be on the same wavelength if they are to enjoy any success in the transfer market.

Orta has been widely criticised ever since arriving at Elland Road and taking charge of any ins and outs.

Many of his summer signings have simply failed to help improve the squad this season after a serious backwards step in progress from the seventh-placed finish achieved by Garry Monk last term.

Heckingbottom has suggested that he and Orta will be working closely in the summer to help revamp the playing squad and he says that they must be both working towards the same goal to earn success.

“Victor played a big part in me coming here. It has to be a close relationship, we have to be thinking on the same page,” he said, as quoted by West Yorkshire Sport’s official Twitter account on Wednesday night.

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Andrea Radrizzani must surely know how Leeds fans feel about Orta’s stranglehold on the transfers at the club, but it appears that he will continue to show faith in him. The fact of the matter is that football is a game that is about instant success. Why did Thomas Christiansen have to get sacked when he was served with some absolute dross by Orta? It’s a shambles that the Whites saw players like Chris Wood, Charlie Taylor and Kyle Bartley leave in the summer to replace them with loan signings that were nowhere near as good as those before them. You get the feeling that Orta must surely be axed if he doesn’t show improvements this summer.

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