Leeds United: Pressure month for Whites hopes - Ormsby

KEY MAN: Despite the Leeds United squad boasting experienced players like Michael Brown, Brendan Ormsby believes the Whites need to bolster their midfield ranks during the January transfer window.

KEY MAN: Despite the Leeds United squad boasting experienced players like Michael Brown, Brendan Ormsby believes the Whites need to bolster their midfield ranks during the January transfer window.

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

January is going to be a massive month for Leeds United and for Simon Grayson. Do you think it will define our season?

Alex, the Leeds fan

I TOTALLY agree. January looks like being a month, that could dictate the rest of the season.

People might speak about Simon being under pressure now. But he was under pressure the day he took the job.

managers are at every club, but at some, it’s bigger than at others. we are one of those clubs, especially with a chairman who doesn’t want us to be second best.

For me, at the worse, Leeds have got to get in the play-offs this season. If they don’t, I think it could be the end for Simon at United.

We’ve dropped out of the play-offs at the moment and the next few games are big ones. January is going to be a very tough month to stay in touch with the top six or seven sides in the division.

I think the chairman will be putting a bit more pressure on Simon, who will know that himself, to be fair.

I do think when the transfer window opens, we need to bring in a couple of quality players to give a little bit of confidence throughout the whole of the team.

We’ve had so many loans and for me, I’d like permanent signings. You can’t keep going down the loan route.

We’ve lost Jonny Howson for a while and we need someone in there in midfield who is experienced. we also need to bring in a couple of players to the backbone of the side to keep it as consistent as possible.

However, we don’t want to change the side too much.

I know we’ve got Michael Brown who is experienced and who has been there and done it at other clubs. But he’s not figured that much for Leeds and I don’t know if Simon thinks he’s the man for the job.

As well as bringing people in, one or two other clubs will probably be looking at Leeds players. That’s another thing Simon must do – keep hold of his key players.

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Looking at Robert Snodgrass, hopefully he’ll get over his illness and help get Leeds up. But if it looks as though Leeds are going to slip out of the promotion race, one or two players will be looking at moving.

I know I keep saying it, but Leeds are the biggest club in the division for me. However, other players won’t look at it the same way as I do.

Players now look at their careers and if a club come in that is offering better money, that is higher in the table and with a real chance of promotion or in a higher league, they will take it.

Leeds is the be-all and end-all for me, but for many players, they want to make the most of their careers and good luck to them in that respect.

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