Leeds United: Lees has ability to make the big time - Ormsby

MAKING HIS MARK: Tom Lees scored in the recent Capital One Cup victory over Oxford and looks a player who could be destined for big things at Elland Road.

MAKING HIS MARK: Tom Lees scored in the recent Capital One Cup victory over Oxford and looks a player who could be destined for big things at Elland Road.

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, Tom Lees has got his England under-21 call-up, I was wondering if you think he has what it takes to become a Premiership player one day.

J WILSON, Leeds

I DON’T think he’s got it at the moment, but let’s face it, he’s still only young.

First of all, congratulations to Lees for getting selected, but let’s hope he doesn’t get carried away – which I don’t think he will, to be fair.

Sometimes, some young lads come into teams and think they know it all after one season and you can’t teach them. But I’m 52 years of age and still learning about the game now! You are never too old to learn.

I’m sure if Lees carries on as he has been doing in the first team, he’ll have a chance of making the Premiership, given time.

He needs to stay in the team for the next two or three years and gain the experience.

What I’d say is that it’s up to him; he’s certainly got the makings of doing it.

Ideally, Lees prefers centre-back and while I watched him the other week against Oxford when he scored and thought he played quite well, I don’t think he’s really got the pace to be a right-back.

But he has plenty of promise and he just needs to continue learning his trade and getting the games under his belt.

Neil Warnock has brought in a few senior pros now such as Paddy Kenny to add experience and help to marshal the defence and be a voice and Lees has got to listen to the likes of him. In the past, we’ve had too many kids in the team and they haven’t had anyone to learn off.

Lees has got the raw materials to be a good defender and he could play in several positions. But hopefully, he’ll eventually settle on one of them and make it his own.

It will be great for Lees if he gets his under-21 cap. I remember many years ago playing for England youth and I actually later tried to change so I could represent Ireland as when I was starting out, there were a lot of good centre-halves about.

But at that time, once you had played for one country’s youth team, you couldn’t swap. Ireland never contacted me anyway.

But I remained proud of playing for England youth and schoolboys. They used to give you the shirt to keep and I still remember the smell of it.

While I never went further than youth and schoolboys level, I’ve still got those memories. Hopefully, Lees will claim a few of those for himself.

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