Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
BRENDAN. What do you reckon about us signing Paul Robinson? He’s the sort of vocal, tough-tackling no-nonsense defender we’ve been lacking.
FROM what I’ve seen of him watching Bolton games, I’ve been quite impressed with him.
People know what I’m like as a person and ex-player and for me, I always feel you need loud people at the back. Your centre-halves must be loud, as your keeper should be as well and it helps if your full-backs really talk as well, along with putting a tackle in.
I’m not being funny with Danny Pugh, but I don’t notice him in a game (vocally).
That could be a good thing as he could just be doing his job and doing it well without necessarily standing out and it’s not that he’s a bad player.
Robinson is a bit on the small side and teams could play on that with whipping into the far and near post and stick a big man on him, but when balls come into the box, that’s up to the centre-half’s to deal with.
But Robinson seems to enjoy a tackle and that’s what defenders are there for – to defend. You defend your goal at all costs, even if it means you get kicked in the face and break your nose.
That’s what you are there for!
Strikers score goals and defenders are there to stop ’em and fans love to see a strong tackle by a defender.
Although these days, it’s very rare as you can’t make a tackle anyway! It’s almost against the law.
Looking at Leeds, we all know over the past few years, the back four has been the problem and we’ve let in so many silly goals. When you look back, some of it has truly been schoolboy stuff.
Neil Warnock needs to sort the back four out and get consistency and the early signs are encouraging. You need your back five to be the same each week, unless there are injuries of suspensions.
Look at most successful back-fours. They stay together and know each other and it gets to a stage where they can read each other minds. It’s no coincidence Hull have done well defensively because they haven’t really changed their defence. If you are chopping and changing every week and you don’t know who is playing, it doesn’t help the team or the back four, while the keeper doesn’t know what he’s doing.
You need a consistent back four and that helps everyone.
Robinson has been around a bit and is an aggressive little so-and-so and hopefully, he’ll put the wind up the rest of them at the back!
You’ve got to bring young lads along in the right way, but you’ve got to have someone in there as well who can let rip, when need be. I know Snoddy is captain, but he’s not the sort to go around rollicking people, I wouldn’t think from what I’ve seen and know of him. You do need a bit of nastiness and if Warnock thinks Robinson is the man he thinks can do it, then great.