Date: 18th July 2019 at 6:01pm
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Leeds kick off the 2019/20 Championship season away to Bristol City in two-and-a-half weeks, yet United Director of Football Victor Orta has conceded that we still only have 90 per cent of the squad he and Marcelo Bielsa would like, as quoted by Leeds Live.

Orta addressed the topic of our transfer business at an event held in Perth for supporters on Wednesday during our pre-season tour of Australia, where he also shared his confidence in deals being agreed with Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe to retain the duo’s services.

As for the matter of bringing players to the club, Orta stated that he and Bielsa are mostly happy with the players on hand to the Argentine, but left some leeway for a final flurry into the market as the club are still open to the idea of investing in the backline.

“We are always open in the market, but now we are [at] 90 per cent of the [squad we want],” our Director of Football claimed.

“It’s always a decision of the club. We are in a situation that all of the decisions are totally co-ordinated between all the people within the club: [the] board, [the] Director of Football, [and the] head coach. It’s the best way to work.

“Ninety per cent is close [to perfection], but obviously it’s football. In life, the only thing I know is I am going to die. The rest, I am not sure of.”

A new centre-back may be needed, and some Whites supporters would argue that the position is the key transfer issue now given Pontus Jansson’s exit, while the club are also short in adequate first-team alternatives at full-back.

The attacking midfielder role is still mostly void following Samu Saiz’s sudden winter departure, although this position may be occupied by the arrival of Helder Costa, or Pablo Hernandez depending on how the boss decides to deploy our recently-acquired Portuguese winger.

Orta suggesting the squad is only at 90 per cent, though, has not been received overly well by these United fans…

 
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