The Whites welcome Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough to Elland Road on Sunday afternoon on the back of seven defeats in nine Championship games. And another loss, against their former manager no less, would only ramp up the pressure on Orta not to mention manager Thomas Christiansen.
The prospect of Ashley Fletcher scoring against the club who has tried to sign him in the last two transfer windows, then, doesn’t bare thinking about.
The Mail reported that Leeds were hoping to sign the former Manchester United youngster on loan from West Ham last January. And The Sun reported that Leeds were interested again in the summer – before Fletcher sealed his £7 million move to Middlesbrough (Sky Sports), joining up with Monk, the manager who reportedly wanted him at Elland Road.
So far, however, the 22-year-old hasn’t exactly set the world alight at Boro with just three starts and one Championship goal to his name in 2017/18.
Though with Leeds’ hitherto impressive defence a shambles in recent weeks, Pontus Jansson in particular looking a shadow of last season’s impenetrable force, Fletcher should be hopeful of getting his name on the scoresheet if given the chance by Monk.
If he does indeed find the net at Elland Road, Orta’s popularity among Leeds supporters may hit an all-time low. Fletcher may not be the experienced and proven striker fans demanded but his pace and presence in attack would at least have given Leeds more of a threat in the final third.