Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
Hi Brendan, it seems we have a good crop of young players coming through to the first team. Who do think will be the next one to emerge?
It’s about time we had a few of our own players through with the likes of Sam Byram and now Alex Mowatt.
I do like Mowatt and he does remind me of the late Gary Speed in the way he plays and looks.
My opinion is that if you are young enough, you are good enough.
Sometimes, it’s about a club being brave enough to take a chance on them.
Potential is one thing, but you never know about the players until they are thrown in sometimes in the deep end.
You need to know what they are like in match situations and if they are not good enough, then you need to know.
It’s all well and good having an academy.
But what is the point of one if you don’t give the kids a chance...
Looking at some of the other young lads, I quite like young Chris Dawson.
I’ve only seen a bit of him, but I liked the look of him against Derby County when he played towards the end of last season when Neil Warnock gave him a chance in his last game in charge.
He looked a decent ball player, even though he was slight.
I don’t know if he has been pushed into the background a bit and one or two have overtaken, but I am sure his time will come.
Obviously, Byram proved himself as a massive hit last season when he was excellent and a lot of Premier League clubs started to come and watch him.
And looking at young Mowatt, he has definitely got something about him as well.
The more he plays, the better and quicker he is going to get and it won’t be long until he is a regular in one of the international age groups, I feel, if he keeps developing.
Okay, kids need a rest every now and again.
But the more they play, the stronger they will get and that can only benefitting.
Overall, the academy future looks rosy under Neil Redfearn and his staff.
At a lot of the Premier ones, I do think there’s too many young foreign players who are stifling the progress of many of the English lads, who aren’t getting a look-in.
For me, the academy is important and as I’ve often said, I’d shut the transfer market at the start of a season and let clubs work with what they have got and see how they would all get on then.
Then, more of the young lads would get a chance, rather than allow clubs just go out and buy foreign players and push the younger ones further down the ladder.
Lucas will always be welcome
Brendan, What do you think about the news regarding Lucas Radebe and a consortium trying to invest in the club? Great news that a club legend like him is involved!
IT was a surprise when I heard about it. But it’s certainly interesting.
Let’s face it, every Leeds fan loves Lucas and maybe he feels like he wants to put something back.
He is a massively popular and respected figure among Leeds fans. He was only here the other week and I managed to get him to sign a couple of things for me. He walked all the way around the ground and had to have two security guards with him and he is so popular and fans just want to mob him. They all love him.
He is a nice fellow and a genuine guy and I have always got on well with him.
Obviously, consortiums will have to keep certain things secret. But the fact that people know Lucas is with a consortium from the off shows that they are being up front and it’s a massive boost for the club and supporters.
Lucas has always been welcomed back at Leeds and always will be.