Reported power shift at Leeds could see Orta take back seat over summer transfers
Leeds were linked with a move for Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom on Monday, with Paul Heckingbottom set to return to his old stomping ground.
The Barnsley defender is out of contract in the summer and Heckingbottom wants to bring him to Leeds on a free transfer as he sets about rebuilding his Leeds squad.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported the news but there was a snippet of information that really stood out among the details of the player.
“Director of football Victor Orta – much criticised over the signings made by Leeds last summer – remains at the centre of their scouting network but the interest in Yiadom has been driven by Heckingbottom, who managed the defender for 18 months at Barnsley.”
This represents a shift at Leeds, with Orta being responsible for driving transfers previously.
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Orta has come under sustained criticism from fans for some of his purchases and they hold him responsible for the mess the first-team squad is in.
The report states that he would remain at the centre of the scouting network but that Heckingbottom was the man pushing for Yiadom.
And this power shift could accelerate over the summer if Orta and Heckingbottom clash.
Leeds’ new manager was in charge of recruiting players at Barnsley and although he was happy to divest that power when he arrived at his new club, saying that managers can’t do everything, he might feel that he needs more control over a squad that’s threatening to self explode.
Leeds fans would love it if Orta was pushed to the background and it will be fascinating to see who drives the transfers throughout the summer.
If it is Heckingbottom, at least he can live or die by his own sword. Former manager Thomas Christiansen was definitely at the mercy of Orta’s purchases.