'You'd actually laugh...' - Exclusive: Michael Brown drops first-hand Leeds/Orta transfer reveal

Michael Brown claims that people would “laugh” at the amount of work Leeds United director of football Victor Orta puts into identifying the club’s transfer targets.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the club’s approach in the transfer window since the Spaniard’s arrival.

Speaking to BBC columnist Guillem Balague, Orta revealed how the club’s recruitment plans are “really uncertain” but insists that the delay could help their analysis and result in them making “better decisions” this summer.

He has also told a SciSports webinar, as relayed by Leeds Live, how the Whites determine their transfer targets, detailing how the scouting staff build a “best XI” of potential recruits.

Brown insists that Orta has turned the club’s fortunes in the transfer window around, highlighting how they are willing to wait for the right players to become available.

Brown told Football Insider: “He’ll have a bookful of people, lists, data on so many people that you’d actually laugh if you saw his little black book.

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“I’ve seen him the odd time with a couple of things going on. They’re doing everything they can, he’s obviously the football side and he’s turning it around.

“It’s obviously that new relationship with Bielsa and I’m sure he’ll want a particular player so it’s his role to go and find these. We’ve seen him in windows previous that there’s been money available, they’ve tried to do deals but they haven’t found the right person so they’ve waited.

“That’s good to see that there’s full belief in everything that they’re doing.” 

Leeds brought three new faces through the door on loan last summer, while Jack Harrison and Jack Clarke returned to the club on temporary deals.

The Whites went on to bring Jean-Kevin Augustin, Ian Poveda and Elia Caprile to Elland Road in January, with the former replacing Eddie Nketiah after his return to Arsenal.

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