Victor Orta delivers glowing verdict on Leeds academy
By Derek Smithson
Leeds’ recently appointed Victor Orta as their new director of football and he has explained the importance of their academy.
The former Middlesbrough chief completed a move to Elland Road on Tuesday after striking up a deal with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.
He has previously worked at the likes Boro, Sevilla and Zenit St Petersburg in his career, helping him build a strong reputation as a talent spotter across Europe.
Orta will be expected to help identify some positive transfer targets for the Yorkshire giants as they aim to build a squad that can get promoted from the Championship next season.
The Spaniard has also highlighted the importance of the Leeds academy and fans will be delighted to hear he wants to help rising rising stars break into the first team.
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“We have a really good academy which has produced a lot of talent over a lot of years,” he said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “At this moment, academy manager Adam Underwood told me that we are an academy with one of the most professional players in English football.
“This is one of the reasons why we have to put a lot of work into the academy too. For me, this is the key to success, is very good recruitment and very good academy and together we can arrive at the right position for our history which is the Premier League.”
Ronaldo Vieira was the standout player to break into the senior set-up from the academy last season and he recently agreed a new four-year contract at Elland Road.
The 18-year-old midfielder become an ever-present in the Whites starting line-up, while fellow youngster Kalvin Phillips is another academy product succeeding in the first team.
Orta is hoping that the academy continues to produce future stars during his tenure and whoever the new manager turns out to be will have a big responsibility to integrate youth.
In other Leeds news, David Seaman has delivered his verdict on Monk’s departure.