Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
HI Brendan. it looks like Leeds are raiding Portsmouth somewhat – first Jason Pearce and now talk of Joel Ward coming to Elland Road. What do you make to our early transfer activity?
I’ve been in Italy all week and the TV coverage there is rubbish, but I have heard the odd bit of Leeds United news.
I was still in England when we signed Jason Pearce and I think he will be a good signing.
He’s had a couple of years experience at Portsmouth, he’s a big centre-half and it sounds like we have given him a four-year contract.
Hopefully, he will be the first of a few good quality signings as I don’t think it’s quantity we want but quality.
Pearce certainly looks like he’s a quality signing and as a big centre-half Neil Warnock might make him captain as he is a commanding player and that’s what we need.
We need someone like that, not to boss people about but to shout the orders and he might be Neil’s voice on the pitch.
Your captain has to be the manager’s voice and that’s what Billy (Bremner) always told me when I was his captain.
I just hope we get a few more like Pearce – three or four more quality signings.
I know Neil has cleared out a few, but we need some quality in first and foremost. it’s no good doing what Simon (Grayson) did and get loads of young lads in on loan who put themselves in the shop window and then disappear.
Jason Pearce is 24 so he is the perfect age and it just might be that he is the right man to be made captain.
We are also being linked with right-back Joel Ward and we do seem to be going for the players at Portsmouth a little bit.
Portsmouth have had their off-field problems and been relegated from the Championship, so that is probably why they are releasing players and why you can probably get them on the cheap a bit.
It looks like we are now after their right-back and we’ve had problems there. Paul Connolly looked like being the answer but he’s now out of favour.
Then there’s the young lad who played there – Zac Thompson – but he doesn’t look the answer either.
The thing is that Neil knows what type of players you need to get out of this division.
And if we get Ward as well then at least he and Pearce will know each other. They can share digs as they settle in.
You do soon settle in anyway, but it definitely helps if you have a player who was at your former club.