Leeds United: Let’s get in good shape for January - Ormsby

Ross McCormack wrong foots the Huddersfield Town defence.
Ross McCormack wrong foots the Huddersfield Town defence.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Brendan, this season for us looks like a re-run of last year – do you think the January transfer window will decide our fate?

Well, the league does take shape after Christmas time and as it stands, we lack a bit of quality.

We can do it on our day, but it’s about consistency. Yes, we hammered Birmingham, but let’s face it, Blues were a very poor team and then we lost at Huddersfield and let ourselves down.

We have beaten Yeovil – thanks to a brace from Ross McCormack – but they weren’t a great side as well.

Every year, as I often say, I expect us to at least be in the play-offs. At worst – that’s just the way I think.

But we are definitely lacking quality in certain places, but should still be good enough to reach the top six.

But at the minute, it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back and we need to get ourselves in a good position by January to really kick on, hopefully with a couple of quality signings.

We’ll wait and see what happens.

You can’t take risks with head injuries

Brendan, what did you make of the fall-out following the head injury for Hugo Lloris after he was allowed to play on at the weekend?

Back in my time, the game was more physical; we know that. Players got whacked all over in games and we just got on with it.

It’s all changed now and while the league are more overprotective with players, you have to be careful if you get injured in certain areas – and a head injury is certainly one of those.

When I first saw the incident involving Lloris in the game at Everton in normal time, I didn’t think Lloris had really been caught by Lukaku. But seeing it again, he came out and really caught a knee in the head.

He didn’t know where he was and with all the stuff before regarding Petr Cech’s injury, you can’t be too careful and it could have caused a serious injury and he should have come off.

Anything with a head injury, no matter what area of the pitch the incident happens in is something you really have to be really concerned and careful about.

The players’ welfare is first and foremost.

Head injuries can be common, you look at situations where defenders are running back with strikers and a goalkeeper charges out.

When something happens, it’s a case of kicking the ball out and making sure the injured players receives attention straightaway and as quickly as possible.

You can’t be too safe.

Given the circumstances, I don’t think they have gone over the top in the criticism. Don’t get me wrong, keepers are overprotected, especially when players challenge them in the air, but not in this incident.

I can understand why they were worried about this one and the criticism of Tottenham in not ruling Lloris out of their European game on the Thursday after he was knocked unconscious at Goodison Park and of the manager Villas-Boas for allowing him to play on after he said that he was okay.

Obviously, everybody in football knows what happened with Fabrice Muamba last year when he nearly died on the pitch at Tottenham and only quick medical attention saved him and you have to say while the game was more physical in my day, it’s quicker now.

As a centre-half, it was an occupational hazard getting knocks on the head. You used to get the split eyes and I have regularly had stitches at half-time in games at Leeds. It’s a case of getting patched up and then heading out for the second half. The only thing that used to annoy me with that was missing out on the half-time cup of tea!

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