Leeds transfer news: Bielsa and Orta's conflicting views stopped winger deal

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa’s concerns over Noa Lang’s work rate resulted in Leeds United not making a late move in the transfer window despite Victor Orta being a huge fan of the winger, according to JustJoe Football Show presenter Joe Wainman.

What’s the latest news involving Lang?

Ahead of a second consecutive campaign in the Premier League, Leeds tracked Lang throughout the summer but Belgian media outlet Sport Voetbalmagazine, via Leeds Live, revealed the 22-year-old boasted a £30million price tag as Club Brugge looked to deter interested parties from making a late bid in the transfer window.

The stance worked as Lang was unable to seal a move away from the Belgian club before last week’s deadline despite reportedly stating he was keen to head to the Premier League.

According to The Athletic’s Leeds reporter Phil Hay, Whites director of football Orta thinks a lot of Lang and felt the winger was a good prospect, but head coach Bielsa had concerns about what he had to offer when Leeds are out of possession.

According to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, La Liga outfit Sevilla were also keen on prising the Netherlands under-21s international away from Belgian Pro League champions Club Brugge.

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What has Joe Wainman said about Lang?

Former All Leeds TV anchorman Wainman believes that Orta looked to convince Bielsa to sign Lang before the transfer window slammed shut.

However, Wainman is convinced Bielsa refused to change his mind after noticing negative aspects in Lang’s game.

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He told GMS: “It seems that Bielsa was never too keen on Noa Lang, as opposed to Victor Orta. Victor Orta is very big on him while Bielsa is not so much.

“I think it’s a case of Noa Lang’s defensive capabilities being questioned by Bielsa.

“There are question marks there and I think you’ve got to be a certain type of character to fit into the dressing room as well.”

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How has Lang performed this season?

Lang has built on the form he showed last term, when he notched an impressive 17 goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances for Club Brugge.

From his current employers’ first six fixtures of the Belgian Pro League campaign, Lang has found the back of the net once and claimed four assists.

The former Ajax man also played a vital role as Club Brugge picked up some early season silverware, with Lang scoring in the narrow 3-2 Belgian Super Cup final victory over Genk in July.

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