Victor Orta has formed a crucial third of the hierarchy that delivered Leeds United back into the Premier League – but how far can we go? Well, Orta has told The Telegraph he is obsessed with getting Leeds back into European football.

Much has been made regarding the ceiling of Leeds – and indeed, numerous mid-table clubs. West Ham and Leicester have got into the top-six in recent seasons, but it is a rarity. Mid-table clubs are happy simply being, mid-table clubs.

That is why the much-criticised Europa Conference League gives clubs the chance to qualify for Europe, without having to break past the big clubs of the league. Seventh, or even eighth, can now secure a chance to play on Thursday night.

It gives the clubs an extra bit of financial backing, and the chance to put their name back onto the European scene. For Leeds, and clearly for Orta, this is a big aim. He spoke about his obsession of getting Leeds back under the lights.

“Leeds have to consolidate the project, to be between 14th and 10th, to take steps to reach the top 10 on a regular basis in two years’ time,” Orta said. “The top six is almost unattainable. Leicester and West Ham have broken through.

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“But it’s not easy. To be in the top 10 would be a great success. I’d be delighted if we could play in the Conference League or the Europa League. I have that as a goal. Ever since I arrived, it’s something I’ve been obsessing about.”

Orta obsessed with getting Leeds into European football

As Orta does say, it is important to remain grounded. After a 17th-placed finish and staying in the league by the skin of our teeth, a simple 14th would be seen as success this season. Especially, after losing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Whereas Andrea Radrizzani has dreamt of finishing in Europe as early as last season, consolidation is crucial. But the introduction of the Conference League does give Leeds a real chance of qualifying for Europe, earlier than expected.

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