Victor Orta has told Leeds Live that he and the scouting team at Leeds United were left extremely proud after watching Ben White establish himself as an inspired signing for the Whites.
Orta has come in for a lot of criticism during his time at Elland Road. And to be fair, there have been some deals that have backfired spectacularly – perhaps most infamously, the move to sign Ouasim Bouy, who remains on the club’s books despite never making an appearance.
But the Spaniard has won a lot of fans over in recent times, with helping to land Marcelo Bielsa arguably proving to be the catalyst for the turnaround.
And there have been few signings that have arguably looked like bigger masterstrokes than the deal to bring White in on loan in the summer.
It is easy to forget just how worried many fans were when Leeds announced Pontus Jansson’s departure in the summer.
White had not previously played at a level higher than League One, yet was earmarked to be Jansson’s replacement.
But any concerns were alleviated within 90 minutes as Leeds beat Bristol City 3-1 on the opening day of the campaign.
White was a colossus that day. And, while his form may have taken a small dip more recently, you could arguably count on one hand the number of times he has produced a performance worse than a seven out of 10.
Bielsa has previously confirmed that Orta was the man who recommended White in the first place (via Leeds Live).
And the club’s director of football explained that he and his team took a lot of pride from seeing White thrive following his switch to Elland Road.
“There are four areas. First is the technical build. You can minimise the risk in this century with Wyscout. You have physical. Again you can watch or detect it. Transition. The player is performing in atmosphere with these players, in this quality, with this coach. Four is the psychological. You can never be 100 per cent sure because they are human,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“For me, the four are key to Ben White’s success. Nobody expected this strong mentality he has. For me. He deserves credit for this. Make your first professional game in the Championship, away to Bristol [City], and be the best on the pitch – wow. Then obviously we feel proud.”
TBR View – White returning to best form could make huge difference for Leeds
White has arguably gone under the radar a little more in recent weeks. But there were perhaps hints in the last two games that he may be getting back towards his best.
And if he can get back to being the player that Leeds fans saw consistently in the opening weeks of the season, it could prove a game-changer for the promotion-chasers.