Victor Orta has come in for plenty of criticism during his time at Leeds United – with many fans not entirely happy with the transfer business done under his watch.
Some of that criticism has been very fair. Leeds have done some perplexing deals over the last five years. And on other occasions, they have simply not done enough.
This past summer probably fits into the latter category. The Whites go into January desperately crying out for another striker and left-back – at least.
But the business that Leeds did do in the summer was actually very impressive. And with that, there are plenty of options to choose from with LeedsUnited.News picking out the top three best signings so far this season heading into the World Cup break.
3. Marc Roca
We must start with some honourable mentions. Luis Sinisterra looks to have the potential to be an amazing addition. And youngsters Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins and Willy Gnonto all have hugely bright futures ahead.
But taking third place is Marc Roca. The Spaniard has been an absolutely class act in the middle of the park. His composure on the ball helps drive Leeds up the pitch when they win the ball back.
There is probably a sense that we still have not seen the very best of Roca. But there is absolutely no question that he has quickly emerged as one of the first names on the team sheet.
2. Brenden Aaronson
Brenden Aaronson’s Leeds spell could have hardly started better. He should have been credited with the opening day winner against Wolves at Elland Road.
The USMNT international only actually has one goal officially. But he has brought so much to the side since his arrival. He is clearly a nightmare to play against, giving Liverpool’s defenders a torrid evening at Anfield recently.
At 22, the ceiling could be so high for Aaronson. Jesse Marsch suggested that his development has been ‘amazing‘. And we are surely looking at making a huge profit on the attacking midfielder – should we end up selling him at any stage.
1. Tyler Adams
It says a lot about how good Tyler Adams has been that he is the clear number one despite being sent off in his most recent appearance for the Whites.
Adams’ energy and reading of the game in the middle of the park has meant that we have really not missed Kalvin Phillips since his departure.
Leeds spent £20 million to bring Adams in (via Sky Sports). And that is currently looking like an absolute steal.
His challenge now is to maintain the outstanding form he has shown so far this season.
And if we get a couple of signings of Adams’ calibre in in January, then it will not be long at all until our relegation concerns are put to bed.