COMMENT By Danny Wright
Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is playing a dangerous game at the moment with a number of his summer signings failing to make the grade at this early stage in their careers at Elland Road.
Thomas Christiansen’s first-team squad clearly needs improving in the January transfer window but Orta seems intent of padding out the development squads with overseas takent instead.
Who is he? How would be help Leeds out of the current plight they find themselves in?
The last thing Christiansen needs are more wingers, and 19-year-old attacker Jozwiak would be nowhere near to the first-team if he was to sign in January.
Orta seems like he’s playing a game of Football Manager, where he’s gone around some of the lesser nations in European football to snap up their best regens (wonderkids), only to never use them and hope to sell them for profit in the future.
It’s a good plan in the long-term, but Orta, Andrea Radrizzani and Christiansen are kidding themselves if they continue to overlook the immediate short-term concerns.
The key to taking over a new club for Leeds’ holy trinity is to stabilise and then build from there.
Owners get blasted for their short-termness and inability to take a look at the bigger picture, which is why Leeds have seen such a massive turnover in managers in the past few years.
But the key is to find the right balance of short-term success and long-term legacies.
Christiansen shouldn’t get sacked, his results in August and September show that it won’t be long before he manages to turn things around, but he needs the money and the focus of Orta and his scouting network to do that in January because there are clear voids in his squad.
A left-back, centre-back and perhaps a new striker are major priorities and they shouldn’t be risking, lesser-known players from around Europe, they have to be ones that can come in and get firing on all cylinders straight away, preferably with Championship experience.
This Jozwiak offer may be the tip of the iceberg for another glut of youngsters to arrive in January, which would be a major oversight to the issues currently at hand.
In other Leeds United news, Pontus Jansson has blasted his former boss ahead of an upcoming reunion.