COMMENT By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans on social media are not shy of pointing out some of Victor Orta’s transfer failings.
For every Samuel Saiz and Adam Forshaw, comfortably the best of the recruits since the Spaniard was put in charge of transfers, there have been a handful of mediocre or bum signings.
Plenty of focus has been on how poorly Felix Wiedwald has fared after being signed for £500,000 to replace Rob Green, or how Mateusz Klich has proved such bad value for his fee of around £1.5million.
Others such as Pawel Cibicki, Hadi Sacko, Jay-Roy Grot, Laurens De Bock and loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have also been rightly condemned as grim signings.
But the worst of all has gone under the radar, unnoticed even, since joining on a free transfer from Juventus last summer.
Ouasim Bouy did not cost a fee but he has been pricey, nonetheless, as someone at Leeds (Orta, we presume) saw fit to sanction a four-year contract to a player who had spent most of his career loaned out to minor European teams.
His pedigree as an Ajax academy product and ex-Juventus player – he made just a single appearance for the Italian champions – clearly hoodwinked the United recruitment team and board.
What a disappointment he has been. Following Bouy’s arrival, he was immediately loaned out to Leeds’ feeder club Cultural Leonesa in the Spanish second tier.
Buoy made just four appearances before the season-long loan was ripped up and he returned to Elland Road in the January window.
It will surprise no-one who has closely followed the Moroccan’s career that he has failed to even make the matchday squad since linking back up with his parent club.
Three managers (two at Leeds and one at Cultural) have had a good look at him on the training field, and decided they didn’t particularly like what they saw.
That four-year contract is looking more stupid by the day.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.