Garry Monk resigned on Thursday
It’s fair to say few Middlesbrough supporters will be mourning the loss of chief scout Victor Orta if, as expected, he is appointed as Leeds United’s new technical director, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The report adds that Boro chairman Steve Gibson was less than impressed by the club’s recruitment during Orta’s tenure – especially as the expensive additions of Rudy Gestede, Patrick Bamford and Adlene Guedioura in January did nothing to prevent an immediate and limp return to the Championship.
Yet, Orta’s mooted arrival had got the conspiracy theorists tipping Aitor Karanka to follow him to Elland Road. After all, the former Middlesbrough manager brought his fellow Spaniard to the Riverside 18 months ago.
And Garry Monk’s sudden resignation has only intensified speculation. Though if Orta, and potential new manager Karanka, want to win over an understandably suspicious Leeds’ fanbase, one signing in particular should be a no-brainer.
Could Adam Clayton give Leeds The Edge?
After all, Leeds must surely regret letting fans favourite Adam Clayton leave for Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town for just £350,000 in 2013, as reported by The Examiner.
The fact that he moved to Boro for £1.5 million a year later (Sky Sports), and has now established himself as a midfielder of Premier League quality, only highlights Leeds’ mistake.
A hard-working and resilient midfielder, Clayton became an immediate favourite of the pragmatic, organised Karanka. Therefore, as soon as he finds himself back in football, he would surely want a player like Clayton at his new club.
And Leeds fans would certainly welcome him back with open arms.
Though they’d probably rather have kept Garry Monk…