A live Q and A with the director of football, fans asking questions and getting answers from the club which is new, and brilliant. If you aren’t interested in listening then just stay off the chat, there were far too many daft questions and comments which will only discourage the club from doing things like that again. Orta was open and one of the most interesting comments was that we are close to signing a big surprise from Asia.
This would make sense as we have just appointed a head of football in Asia and making a big signing would increase our marketing in such a rich country. If it is a local signing from Asia then the marketing value is huge, most recently Leicester City have done it but big clubs have been doing it for a few years, Manchester United were one of the first. It is probably unrealistic to sign one of the foreign players in the Chinese leagues for example but there are plenty of players playing in the Asian leagues who may be looking for a new challenge. We don’t know who or where this player is but it is exciting thinking of breaking into that market and helping the club grow (potentially) in that part of the world.
Orta has had a wonderful impact at Leeds United so far and when you look at how much money he has spent. His two biggest signings have been Gjianni Alioski and Samu Saiz and both have made such an impression in the first-team it has boosted Orta’s reputation tenfold within the club and the moans and groans of his previous club have fallen on deaf ears as he has hit the ground running. He is in the process of setting up a scouting network across the world. The under 23’s have been improved so much, Orta’s links have helped us sign three Barcelona and one Real Madrid players among others, a highly rated Benfica striker also joining.