Leeds United's Bersant Celina failure rectified by Victor Orta's fine recruitment

Bersant Celina of FC Twente passes the ball infront of Joey Pelupessy of Heracles Almelo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Twente and Heracles Almelo held at De Grolsch Veste on...

Leeds United missed out on signing Manchester City's Bersant Celina on loan - and he scored a stunner for Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Bersant Celina of Manchester City is challenged by Cedric Kipre during the FA Youth Cup semi final, second leg match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on...

It says a lot about Leeds United’s inspired recruitment this summer that Bersant Celina’s sublime goal for Ipswich Town on Saturday will not have supporters rueing their club’s failure to land the Manchester City talent.

Norwegian outlet NRK reported that Leeds were hoping to take the 20-year-old Kosovo international on loan for the season, only for Championship rivals Ipswich to beat them to the punch.

Leeds struggled for creativity last season and were over reliant upon ageing Spaniard Pablo Hernandez, whose dip in form during the spring coincided with a disastrous run of results which cost Garry Monk’s side a place in the play-offs.

Celina, one of the most highly-rated talents in City’s academy and blessed with real technical ability, could have gone some way to taking the pressure off Hernandez. He scored five goals and set up four more during a promising loan spell at FC Twente last season.

Bersant Celina of FC Twente passes the ball infront of Joey Pelupessy of Heracles Almelo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Twente and Heracles Almelo held at De Grolsch Veste on...

Instead, however, even Celina’s long-range worldie in Ipswich’s 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday will not have been met with a frustrated response from Leeds supporters.

After all, their new director of football Victor Orta masterminded a superb summer of recruitment which saw Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski arrive at Elland Road on bargain deals from Spanish second division outfit Huesca and Swiss side Lugano respectively.

The attacking duo, fans favourites after just a few games in England, have taken Leeds to a new level already and Saiz in particular (below) looks a cut above in the second tier.

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds are currently second in the table and their new-found firepower was clear for all to see as they swept aside Burton Albion 5-0 on Saturday – their biggest win since 2004.

Celina would undoubtedly have been an excellent addition. But, thanks to Orta, Leeds missing out on the City youngster hardly looks a disaster.

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