A few Leeds supporters have been reacting on social media, after United Director of Football Victor Orta sat down and addressed how the EFL’s sustainability and profitability regulations are affecting the club’s attitude toward the transfer market.
The Whites’ transfer chief discussed the topic with the club’s official website following the announcement of Jack Harrison and Ben White’s respective one-season loan moves, with the pair arriving at Thorp Arch as our first senior signings of the summer.
Orta is still in discussions with Wolverhampton Wanderers over a potential loan move for their Portuguese winger Helder Costa, who is expected to join us in West Yorkshire within the next few weeks after his agent visited Thorp Arch to thrash out the finer details of his move.
Heavy financial losses have made loan deals a priority for Orta this summer, who claims he must find ‘creative’ ways of adding talent to Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks. The former Middlesbrough chief also made it clear that he will not sanction a plethora of signings in the current window, and will instead focus on quality over quantity.
“It’s true, there’s a new scenario in the Championship after [what] happened last season with Birmingham and the deduction [of] points,” Orta said.
“Now, [there are] tough regulations in the Financial Fair Play and all the teams need to be creative, because now the financial situation is all the people monitor and we need to have [a] responsibility in terms of the new regulations.
“This is the situation: we need to be creative, and we need to build a squad with the principal targets, and perhaps [work with] the idea [that] quality is better than quantity, in my opinion, in this transfer market.”
Here’s how these Leeds fans reacted to Orta suggesting Birmingham’s points deduction has sparked greater caution to sanctioning a plethora of signings…
Makes it even worse that the @efl allow parachute payments.
— ???????? #DoItForBilly ???????? (@WACCOE) July 1, 2019
The daft thing is ! FFP hasn’t stopped clubs getting in triouble ! Bolton Bury to name a couple ! So it’s not fit for purpose! It actually devalues EFL on product ! Making clubs sell their talent to sit in PL reserved ! But that’s SH for you ! Saw 4 admins while involved at clubs
— Timlufc (@timmoslufc) July 1, 2019
Agreed. Works for some clubs but hinders bigger clubs. Maybe different levels of FFP in future.
— Heiran Kickman (@Kasper_Sickman) July 1, 2019
i wonder if clubs could move to selling players then loaning them back for more than 1 year , the clarke deal could be the pattern for many teams in the league going forward
— James Howson (@BigJimmy_V) July 1, 2019
— Arkansas LUFC???????? (@LUFCArkansas) July 1, 2019
It’s the parachute payments that are the problems. FFP actually makes sense to try to keep clubs operating, it’s the parachute payments that skew everything.
— JohnnyJ (@FinugeForever) July 1, 2019
Here’s a creative idea, set up a company, have the ground valued, sell ground to a sister company for double stadium cost, then lease ground back for the price of a 1 bed flat!
Or get rid of the boxes in south stand and open it to a higher capacity
— Liam (@liamhall86) July 1, 2019
The wealthy clubs can buy up all the best talent and loan what they don’t need out to who they choose. Football is screwed.
— Ciaran (@Mick_Jones_Arm) July 1, 2019
Surely quality over quantity is a no brainer in any market
— corbywhite (@gandalflufc) July 1, 2019