The Spanish link is turning into a mini-revolution at Elland Road. First we had Pablo Hernandez and then Alfonso Pedraza although the latter won’t be returning. Then influential men behind the scenes then arrived. First was Ivan Bravo, ex-Real Madrid and then Victor Orta as director of football. Now we have an ex-Spanish international as head-coach in Thomas Christiansen, so how will it all work?
Part of the new regime at Leeds has meant the return of the director of football. The director of football deals with all things regarding the head-coach and the players on the park. He won’t necessarily scout players himself all the time but he will have a big hand in who comes in through the Elland Road door. He will have contacts and scouts and will be working with Thomas Christiansen and Andrea Radrizzani to target where the squad needs to be strengthened and who the right players are. He is known for brining in players from abroad and was clear in his interview with LUTV that looking to sign quality players from other countries was on the agenda, as well as improving and using the clubs academy, both are things that Leeds fans will relate too.
Thomas Christiansen needs to be given the correct players to do his job. He is a young head-coach who, despite his success so far in his career has its limits. He is very inexperienced and given cheap players from abroad who have been brought in to make the numbers up will mean he is fighting a losing battle. Targeting quality rather than quantity is key this summer as much of the squad will be staying and wasn’t too far away from success last season. Christiansen may be a coach who likes to develop players already at the club as well as bring players in. It is crucial that the ones coming in are better than the ones we have if not at the top-end standard, along with the likes of Pontus Jansson, Ronaldo Vieira and Chris Wood.
The start of the season is key to where we end up, ultimately the poor start and finish cost us massively last season. We need players in quickly and we need them to be right. The relationship between fellow Spaniards Orta and Christiansen will be key for the success on the pitch at Leeds United. Orta signed some of the players who helped Middlesbrough go up and we need him to be clever in the transfer market. After Christiansen and the players return in a few weeks it’s all go and it wouldn’t hurt to have a few deals done by that time. Hadi Sacko has already arrived as the first summer signing for around £1.3 million but there are plenty of areas which need to be strengthened too.