Leeds United: It’s home time for ace Smith - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

HI Brendan,

All the talk this week has been about Newcastle releasing Alan Smith. Would you like to see him back at Leeds?

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I think if we sign Alan Smith there will be a lot of people moaning about it, purely for the fact that he left Leeds for Man United.

But Alan Smith, pictured above, was one of the fans’ favourites before he went to United, he’s a homegrown boy, it was his hometown club and he loved the club.

I’ve seen him a couple of times since he left and he’s always said that every time he has come back to watch matches at Elland Road it has felt like he was coming home.

He loves the club and it’s only because he went to Man United that people moan – if he went to Man City or anywhere else then it wouldn’t have been so much of a problem for some fans.

At the time Man United were the only club that could pay the money up front to buy him. All the other clubs were wanting to pay in instalments.

When Smith went to Man U he got back into the England squad so you can’t blame him for trying to further his career.

I feel that would all soon be forgotten if he came back to Elland Road. We know what he is like as a player – he was the same for Man U and the same for Newcastle, always giving 100 per cent.

Whether United can afford him because of his wages is one consideration and hopefully he is over his injuries, but I think he would be a good signing and would lift the club as well.

I wouldn’t think money is going to be a big issue to him. Leeds may not be able to pay the wages he gets at Newcastle, but I’m sure they can make it up to him in other ways, they always do.

If Smith came back I think the majority of fans would soon get behind him.

And it would be a good move for the club as well.

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