Orta may resolve Marsch’s greatest Leeds problem with transfer for “unreal” £8.7m sensation – opinion


Leeds United have been handed a lift of their bid to deliver Ola Aina to Elland Highway within the January switch window.

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That’s in response to a report by Italian publication Tuttosport (through Sport Witness), who declare that, after being linked with a transfer for the Torino full-back over the course of the summer time, Victor Orta may now be handed a second probability to land the 26-year-old this winter, with the Serie A facet now mentioned to be ‘on the hunt for potential patrons’ in January.

The report goes on to state that that is right down to the truth that the Nigeria worldwide’s present contract on the Stadio Olimpico is about to run out on the finish of the season, with technical director Davide Vagnati wanting to obtain some type of price for a participant he valued at €10m (£8.7m) in the summertime switch window.

Orta should transfer

Contemplating simply how strong Aina has been for Torino in current seasons, coupled with the very fact the previous Chelsea starlet is ready to function from both left or right-back, the argument that Orta merely should launch a transfer for the defender in January is an extremely simple one to make.

Certainly, over his 21 Serie A appearances – 15 of which got here from left wing-back – final season, the £3.6m-rated expertise extremely impressed in an attacking capability, creating 5 huge probabilities for his teammates, in addition to taking a mean of 0.5 pictures, making 0.8 key passes and finishing 0.9 dribbles per recreation.

The £31k-per-week full-back additionally caught the attention in metrics extra typical of his place, making a mean of 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, 1.2 clearances and profitable 4.3 duels – at a hit charge of 53% – per recreation, with these returns seeing the participant who Michael Oti Adjei dubbed “unreal” common a formidable SofaScore match score of 6.82.

It has been the same story over his 10 league outings – six of which have come at left wing-back – within the present marketing campaign, with the 26-year-old having already scored one objective and created three huge probabilities for his teammates, along with making a mean of 0.7 key passes, 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and profitable 4.3 duels – at a hit charge of 55% – per recreation.

These returns have seen the 29-cap worldwide common an much more spectacular SofaScore match score of 6.88, at the moment rating him as Ivan Jurić’s sixth-best performer within the prime flight of Italian soccer.

As such, with left-back having been one thing of an enormous downside for Jesse Marsch since his appointment at Elland Highway earlier this yr – with Junior Firpo fighting each kind and accidents since his transfer to the membership final summer time – it’s simple to see why Orta can be eager on a transfer for Aina in January, as a participant of his capacity can be a really welcome addition on the again.


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