Date: 11th August 2019 at 8:01am
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Leeds Director of Football Victor Orta put a price on youth being the answer with United’s Deadline Day agreement to take Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on loan.

According to Football Insider, the one-season deal struck with the North London club saw the Whites agree to pay more than £2million as a loan fee, along with taking on the youngster’s lucrative Gunners contract in its entirety.

It is alleged the 20-year-old, who has started three of his 19 appearances for the Emirates Stadium natives, earns £35,000-a-week, which now makes him one of our best-paid players alongside Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.

The number quoted is also a figure Kemar Roofe had planned to request in negotiations over renewing his contract, as he sought to see his efforts from last season rewarded with a pay rise. But the board sold the Walsall-born striker to RSC Anderlecht in the end, and earnt a fee in the region of €7million (£6.4m).

Nketiah has the potential to be a big game player under Marcelo Bielsa, and an exciting addition to our squad, but the £3million-plus agreement puts an awful lot of pressure on the London-born forward, as Roofe was the proven thing.

Uncapped Jamaica international Roofe made 33 appearances for the Whites last season in the Championship, including the Play-Off Semi-Final First-Leg, and lined up as our centre-forward in 30 of those. In return for the boss’ backing, he scored 15 games, to record a strike rate of one successful shot hitting the back of the net every 150.4 minutes.

The 26-year-old arrived in West Yorkshire from Oxford United in 2016 as a relatively unknown talent, and took a while to get going at Elland Road before becoming a forward who proved to be our top goalscorer.

Now, that burden falls to Patrick Bamford, but if the former Middlesbrough star develops an injury or runs out of steam down the final stretch of the season, Nketiah will have to step up and make sure the agreement reached with Arsenal was not a waste of half the fee received from Roofe’s departure.

The Arsenal product has the potential to thrive under Bielsa, but Orta cannot afford to see the potential boil under the surface for too long.

 
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8 Replies to “Victor Orta put a price on youth being the answer with Leeds’ £3m+ agreement – opinion”

    • Reply to Ian.

      My memory isn’t what it was but wasn’t it Victor Orta who brought Marcelo Bielsa to the club ?.

  • If these figures are true then the club’s actions don’t make any sense. It could have extended Roofe’s existing agreement by a further 2 or 3 years for the same price.

    • I agree, Roofe deserved at least parity with the woeful Bamford who isn’t good enough as a lone Frontline striker .
      Bielsa needs to get off his ” Bucket” and intervene. He was again outsmarted against Forest cos he failed to have a Centre Forward on the Bench.
      We have a young lad banging in goals for the Under 23 side who never gets consideration let alone a chance.

  • I agree, Roofe deserved at least parity with the woeful Bamford who isn’t good enough as a lone Frontline striker .
    Bielsa needs to get off his ” Bucket” and intervene. He was again outsmarted against Forest cos he failed to have a Centre Forward on the Bench.
    We have a young lad banging in goals for the Under 23 side who never gets consideration let alone a chance.

    • The pen-pushers have sold anybody from the under 23’s, even if they can score more than Bamford.
      Nketiah wasn’t on the bench yesterday because Bielsa named that unknown loan goalkeeper instead. Only a maximum of five loan signings are allowed in a squad of 18 and either Mr Nobody, White, Harrison, Clarke, Costa will have to drop out of the squad to accommodate Nketiah.
      Knowing Leeds, don’t be surprised if Nketiah only gets into the 18 man squad when Bamford gets an injury.
      The whole set up at Leeds is being run like some struggling League Two team and not a Championship team getting 35,000 plus through the doors every home game.

  • This badly run club came within a whisker of promotion last season. Every man and his dog was jumping up and down singing the praises of the way we played and for most of the season we swept the opposition aside. We messed up with a catastrophic mistake and it cost us. Now, we relegate the whole of last season to a massive failure and with two games in the doom mongers are well and truly at it.
    I’m frustrated, in fact I’m p****d off and want changes but I am not slagging off the best coach we have had in many a year. We have a wealth of talent and it will take time for Bielsa to settle these guys in once they are up to scratch in how we play. Some of you are so wrapped up in all the negatives and totally ignore the positives. Get behind the team, get behind the coach because if Bielsa walks we will never get out of this league. Players have gone, move on, players have come in, support them.

  • I hope the kid is as good as they say & everything works for the good, for me though I would have kept Roofe because we know he can do it, Roofe has a lot of bad luck with injuries and that was maybe a concern for the club,

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