Leeds United: Howson sale is a sad sign of times - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

Seems Leeds United are now a feeder club! Gutted about the Jonny Howson situation, it’s a sale too far for me. What do you reckon?

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FANS will feel it particularly strongly because Jonny’s a local Leeds lad, someone who has come through the ranks and is captain.

They have already seen other players leave and not be replaced. Max Gradel, Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny have gone and we haven’t really brought adequate players in to replace them.

Players have left and it’s mainly been loan players coming in as replacements.

Yes, Leeds have got a massive history behind the club and everything else with the great players from the past, but that doesn’t count for anything these days. At the moment, Norwich are in the Premiership – Leeds are not.

As much as I say Leeds are one of the biggest clubs in the country, one I was connected to for four years and still connected to now, it’s all in the past and the supporters now are looking to the future and I don’t think many see a bright one at the moment.

Many just see players not getting replaced and they are now airing their voices about what is going on at the club. And when that sort of thing happens, you know that will be a problem.

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Yes, Leeds will always be a much bigger club than Norwich, history-wise, but it’s about what’s happening now. We’re in the Championship and out of the play-off situation as it stands, while the Canaries are in the top-flight and doing okay.

I’ve got to say I don’t think Jonny is necessarily a great player. But he’s captain and one of Leeds’ better players, put it that way.

So I can understand the way supporters are looking at it, in terms of the club selling people, and thinking: ‘Are we going to bring in players to replace them? And will it be someone as good as him or better?’

From what people have been saying, the club have offered Jonny a contract all season. But he has been saying it’s nothing to do with the money and that he wants to play in the Premiership, which is fair enough.

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All players should be wanting to play at the highest level and obviously he’s had a sniff of the big time and been with the England Uunder-21s. The chance is there for him. How long Norwich stay up, I don’t know. But good luck to them.

He’s got ambitions and at the moment he doesn’t think Leeds are going to get him there soon enough.

I don’t blame him for taking the chance. I know Leeds fans are going to be upset that he’s gone, and disappointed that one of the bigger names is leaving, but what I would say is I don’t think he’s irreplaceable.

It will be interesting to see what the club do in terms of replacing him, that’s the key thing now.

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