Leeds United were given another thumping in the Championship last night, as they lost 3-0 for the second game in a row. The Whites lost to league leaders Wolves by the same scoreline that they did versus Middlesbrough in the game previous.
Leeds’ already faint hopes of making it into the play-offs by the end of the season are, it seems, now over.
Wolves, on the other hand, are looking like heading to the Premier League. Much of their success has been due to the link with Jorge Mendes and the investment from Fosun international. After the game, it was something that had Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani fired up:
We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition. Not legal and fair let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players agency with evident benefits (top European clubs giving players with options to buy ..why the other 23 teams can’t have same
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
…treatment ? We should play all 24 with the same rules and opportunities (it s enough to google it) @EFL
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
The Italian’s words did no go down well with the majority of Leeds fans. Wolves have certainly seemed to have an unfair advantage in the transfer market but that does not impact on the Leeds players who stepped out on the pitch and put in a fairly abject performance.
But in light of the comments by Radrizzani many a Leeds fan vented their frustration with the club’s sporting director Victor Orta:
— #NoLongerFamous (@NoLongerFamous) March 7, 2018
Midfielder at left back after spending a couple of million on a left back in January . Another Orta recruitment masterclass . #lufc
— Tetley (@tetley_m) March 7, 2018
Starting to lose a little faith with our owner. Let’s stop the excuse making. Teams above us has worse teams and they’ve outplayed us and muscled us on the pitch. Let’s fix the problems in our own hands. Question Orta on his transfers. #lufc
— Leeds Lady (@LadyOnLUFCHeels) March 8, 2018
It should have been Orta sacked not Christiansen #lufc
— LUFC Chat (@LufcChat) March 8, 2018
No blame here should be put on Heckingbottom it should all be put on victor orta, no doubt the manager will be used as a scapegoat #lufc
— Harry Williams (@Harrynsw) March 8, 2018
Orta is an absolute idiot recruiting a ream full of lightweight, small players in a league full of powerful and big, fast players. Getting torn apart here. Embarrassing to watch. Radz has got it badly wrong and needs to fire #Orta #lufc
— James (@leedsunitedAFC2) March 7, 2018
victor orta signed a bloke from the albanian league while jorge mendes is giving portugal internationals a one way ticket to wolverhampton
— cal (@LUFC_cal) March 7, 2018
Embarrassing that your even tweeting this there better simple as that you’ve let orta sign some complete useless numpties
— Callum macdonald (@Cal_lufc) March 7, 2018
#LUFC another loss in the bag. @andrearadri stop worrying about a team going up and gaining £m’s in the process and start thinking about getting more investment for your club to go up next year. You need a decent manager, sack Orta and ooh 11 real players to add to the 3 we have.
— Adrian Hudson (@AdeHudson) March 7, 2018
Aren’t you a business man @andrearadri? How about you use your contacts and skills to attract investment to the Club and back our manager with QUALITY proven players. Bin that idiot Orta off and stop moaning about other teams. SORT OURSELVES OUT #LUFC
— Matt James (@MattJLufc) March 7, 2018
I keep banging on about it but it’s recruitment which is the problem. Hopefully Heck can give Orta a list of players and say go and spend the last 9 games looking at these guys, see which ones are good enough. Instead of “Paul I’ve got this guy from Scandinavia he’s great” #lufc
— Matt Vare (@Matt_Vare) March 8, 2018
Victor Orta is a disease Leeds United need rid off.. #lufc
— Paul Bourke (@PaulBourke_) March 8, 2018
When you have idiots in the boardroom interfering with the coaching methods you end up with a yes man as coach with very little responsibility … This owner has created a mess and if drastic changes aren’t made it will be relegation battle next season. Radrizanni/Orta OUT #lufc
— WHITESOLDIER (@whitesoldier62) March 8, 2018
Didn’t replace Wood.
Didn’t replace Taylor.
Didn’t replace Bartley.
Didn’t replace Green.
Didn’t replace Monk.
— Liam James (@LiamJamesLUFC) March 7, 2018
Leeds fans are clearly not pleased with the recruitment under the Spaniard. A lot has been made of his continual additions to the under-23 squad and the failure of many recruits.
The likes of Mateusz Klich, Felix Wiedwald and Laurens De Bock have not impressed and they are not alone. Whilst Wolves have had more financial clout and better contacts their recruitment was perfect for the Championship.
Leeds’ newbies look out of depth at this level and fans are fed up of seeing poor performances from the club week-in and week-out.
Thomas Christiansen’s dismissal has not seemed to stop the rot at Leeds. Many Leeds fans clearly feel he was the wrong man to get the sack in January.