Leeds United had been linked with a number of left-backs in the summertime switch window, nonetheless, when September’s deadline got here and went, Jesse Marsch remained with the identical left-sided defenders he had on the finish of final season.
And, whereas Pascal Struijk has been one thing of a shock package deal within the place whereas filling in for Junior Firpo, the argument that Victor Orta merely should goal a brand new left-sided full-back in January is a particularly simple one to make.
Certainly, after lacking 13 Premier League fixtures resulting from harm final season, in addition to averaging a particularly disappointing SofaScore match ranking of simply 6.60 when he was on the pitch, the £13m signing has as soon as once more spent the overwhelming majority of the present marketing campaign on the sidelines, along with averaging a disastrous SofaScore match ranking of a mere 6.30.
Moreover, whereas Stuart Dallas is anticipated to make a return from his fractured femur on the flip of the 12 months, with the Northern Irishman having not kicked a ball in over six months, it should undoubtedly take the 31-year-old a very good whereas to return to full match health.
As such, with the Whites having been linked with a transfer for KRC Genk left-back Gerardo Arteaga in the summertime switch window, it could seem a particularly sensible transfer for Orta to lastly launch an official supply for the 24-year-old this winter.
Certainly, the £4.4m-rated expertise has extremely impressed over his 16 Jupiler Professional League appearances this season, serving to his facet preserve 4 clear sheets, in addition to making a mean of two.1 interceptions, 1.9 tackles, one clearance and successful 4.4 duels – at a hit fee of 55% – per sport.
The Mexico worldwide has additionally impressed going forwards, having already scored two targets, registered one help and created one huge probability for his teammates, along with taking a mean of 0.6 pictures, making 0.6 key passes and finishing 0.8 dribbles per sport.
These returns have seen the 17-cap worldwide common a really respectable SofaScore match ranking of 6.87, at the moment rating him as Genk’s joint Thirteenth-best performer within the prime flight of Belgian soccer.
Moreover, with Arteaga set to star on the Qatar World Cup later this month with Mexico, ought to the 24-year-old go on to blow up with a lot of eye-catching shows on the largest stage soccer has to supply, he’ll undoubtedly rekindle main curiosity in his companies this winter.
As such, contemplating simply how thrilling a expertise the participant who has earned comparisons to Roberto Carlos very a lot seems to be, coupled with Leeds’ struggles at left-back, it could certainly appear a really sensible transfer for Orta to start out laying the groundwork down on a transfer for the Arteaga in January – because the Mexican sensation might effectively be the reply to Marsch’s prayers within the place.