Leeds United Changed Recruitment Strategy Following Chris Wood Sale Insists Victor Orta


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Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has revealed that the club’s hierarchy decided to sign three attacking players when Chris Wood left, when only one previously had been eyed.

The New Zealand international, who was the Championship’s top goalscorer last season, joined Premier League outfit Burnley on 21st August.

Leeds have since snapped up three attacking players, with Jay-Roy Groot joining the Whites three days after Wood left, while the Yorkshire giants completed the signings of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki on transfer deadline day.

And Orta explained that Leeds planned to fill the void created by the departure of Wood by bringing in an experienced striker in the form of Lasogga and roping in two young forwards, namely Groot and Cibicki.


“We started talking with Lasogga five weeks back because we wanted to play him behind Chris Wood”, Orta said in a question and answer session on Facebook, when asked about Leeds’ transfer day signings.

“After the departure of Chris Wood, we decided in a meeting with the board, the head coach and the chairman to perhaps try and change the situation and replace Wood with three players.

“One – a more confident player like Lasogga, who has played more than 150 matches in the Bundesliga, a first-tier competition.

“And two signings who are really good prospects for now as well as the future.

“This is the reason we signed Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki.

“At the end I think we have a very good attack line.

“We are very happy with the four strikers we have.”

Besides Lasogga, Cibicki and Groot, Leeds also signed striker Caleb Ekuban from Chievo Verona during the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old is currently sidelined after picking up a foot injury during Leeds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland last month and will miss the next two months.


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