Leeds United: It’ll be play-offs at worst for Whites - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan. Now that the new season is about to start, where do you think Leeds will end up? Honest answer, please!

P Shaw, Woodlesford

Whenever Leeds have started the season in this league, I’ve always expected them to finish in the top two, or at worst, the play-offs. Maybe, that’s just me, but I’m not going to change now!

You can’t say anything about football with certainty and if everything I predicted did happen, I’d have already won the lottery! But with Neil Warnock in charge, I do think we’ve a really good chance of reaching the top two – hopefully winning it – but definitely making the play-offs. Look at his track record.

That’s what I always expect with the size of the club.

Yes, I know that the players aren’t great and not the best ever to play for Leeds United, but with the squad we have, hopefully with a couple more additions, I’m sure we can at least make the top six.

I know we’ve lost our whole midfield to Norwich in the past year, but we’ve still got Becchio and McCormack – let’s hope he stays – and I’m pretty sure Neil will be doing everything he can to bring in a replacement for Snodgrass and a few more players. He will have his targets lined up.

Looking at what Neil has done so far, what’s been encouraging for me is that he seems to be building from the back. Let’s face it, that’s been Leeds’ problem in the past few seasons and we’d have been in the play-offs if it wasn’t for that.

We’ve conceded so many goals through schoolboy errors, but I’d expect that to be cut out under Neil now. He’s brought in Pearce, Kenny and Drury and a defensive midfielder in Austin and wants to make us as strong as we can be at the back. It looks a stronger and more experienced back four with a good keeper and all good sides – promoted sides – are built on clean sheets.

Neil has been promoted so many times and knows the type of players to take teams up and that encourages me. His first priority is making the back four solid and he’s also added Norris and Green in midfield to make us a bit stronger there and you can see what he is doing. With a few more attacking options, maybe a striker or two before the season kicks off, there’s no reason why we can’t have a successful season. None at all.

In this division, when I watch Leeds, especially at home, I expect them to win. Probably a bit of that is me, being an ex-player and a Leeds fan.

When we do get beaten and it’s a poor performance, it does surprise me in a way. But last season, I thought we had room for improvement, particularly at the back.

A club like Leeds shouldn’t be conceding silly goals and if we can keep the back door shut and with the backing of our supporters, we should always expect promotion or the play-offs at the start of a Championship season.

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