Leeds United employee issues 'shambolic' claim as new Marc Roca details emerge
Noel Whelan has backed Marc Roca to hit the ground running at Leeds United thanks to the presence of a number of Spanish speakers in the dressing room.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites striker and club ambassador claimed the arrival of Roca demonstrates how far the club has come since the “shambolic” state it was in five years ago.
Leeds confirmed on Friday (17 June) that the 25-year-old had agreed to join the club from Bayern Munich and will become their third summer signing.
He told club media the same day that former Spain Under-21 teammate Junior Firpo had sold him on the club.
“It’s a fantastic club,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“When you’re coming away from Bayern Munich, one of the biggest clubs in the world where I’m sure the set up is fantastic, you’ve got to make sure everything’s right.
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“One good thing about Leeds United is the training ground, the facilities, the stadium, the way the club is run now is a lot more professional now than it used to be.
“I go back to four, five, six years ago and how it was run, it was shambolic.
“What we’ve got now is some really stability from Mr. Radrizanni, the 49ers, Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear all the way down to James Mooney. The whole structure of the club is run much more smoothly. That’s the difference.
“Having players who speak the same language as well is going to help, absolutely. Sometimes you can walk into a changing room and feel a little bit out of place but I don’t think he will there.
“We’ve got a good group of players who will make him feel really welcome. The club have done that so far and I’m hoping he’s looking forward to a new page in his career with Leeds United and hopefully a successful one.”