Leeds United supporters have not always been the biggest fans of director of football Victor Orta.
While Leeds fans falling further in love with Marcelo Bielsa after watching Take Us Home was no surprise, few would have expected Victor Orta to be the other figure to emerge from the documentary having potentially won the most hearts amongst the Elland Road faithful.
Orta has not enjoyed the easiest time at Leeds. The signings that the club made during his first year as the Whites’ director of football attracted a lot of criticism, and there was some concern that the club may be moving in the wrong direction with the Spaniard at the helm.
However, Orta has become a much more popular figure since the start of last summer. Getting Marcelo Bielsa in as the new head coach was clearly a masterstroke, and the side’s success on the pitch silenced a lot of his doubters.
It was already no secret that Orta was the most animated figure amongst the trio involved in the general running of the club. His passionate reaction to Pontus Jansson’s late equaliser against Brentford last season delighted a lot of supporters, and the release of the documentary has seen perceptions of Orta change even more dramatically.
Take Us Home on Amazon seems to have been lauded by the large majority of the Leeds fans. And Orta has proved to be one of the real success stories from the series.
Plenty of fans are now convinced that Orta ‘gets Leeds’. It is gruelling watching his optimism and excitement turn to utter dejection as it becomes apparent that Swansea will not sanction Daniel James’ January move, and his devastation mirrored how every stunned Leeds supporter felt when Bielsa’s men were beaten in incredible circumstances during the play-off semi-final.
Of course, Orta’s time at Leeds will ultimately be judged on the progress that the club makes on the pitch. But there is no question that he has a lot more fans now that the supporters have had an insight into what went on behind the scenes last season.
Here is what some of the fans were saying about Orta after watching the documentary series…
What a great documentary #TakeUsHome is on @primevideosport. Shows how much passion Orta and Bielsa have for the club and the city!!— Ben Foskett (@BenFoskett) August 20, 2019
Having watched the first 4 episodes it shows we are stronger this year!!#MOT #LUFC
On episode 3 of #TakeUsHome now great watch so far. Swansea done us so bad on the dan james deal medical done paperwork done and then they pull it.. felt bad for victor orta … great to see his passion on show in the documentary @LUFC #lufc— keith burke (@keithburke23) August 20, 2019
Anyone else falling more and more in love with Victor Orta as the documentary goes on? #LUFC— Ashley Oakes (@Oakes_89) August 19, 2019
Orta is very passionate which I didn’t expect. He’s gone up in my estimations. I was going to watch the rest of it later but gonna hammer the other 3 out now haha.— Nathan Addison (@nathlufc) August 19, 2019
Only on episode 2 of @LUFC @PrimeVideo #takemehome but wow every single person at the club cares and has the same ambition as us fans! Get behind the team and stop getting on their backs! The passion from Orta is magical!! #lufc— Milnesy (@milnes2161) August 19, 2019
Like many, I’ve questioned Orta and his ability. After watching this documentary I couldn’t care less. He’s Leeds. #LUFC— Mikey Butler (@MikeyButler1) August 17, 2019