Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
I know all about Maik Taylor, Gary. He’s got 88 caps for his country and he’s a well-seasoned pro. He’s 40 now and he’s got a lot of experience behind him – he’s got extensive international and Premier League experience behind him – and I think he will be a good signing.
He’s not a kid, but he will add experience to the team itself and hopefully he will help out the back four.
He might well be on the bench but it certainly helps having that experience and I think it’s a good deal. I only hope his best years aren’t behind him and that he’s still got one or two good years left in him.Hopefully that’s the case and he will prove to be a good signing for us.
The keeper situation definitely needing sorting out as Simon Grayson obviously had problems with the back four last season.
It’s still going on this season and then we have got this whole Andy O’Brien thing going on and the manager needs to settle it all down, calm everything right down, starting by getting a settled back four and you obviously need a settled keeper.
Whether he plays or not, Taylor’s experience will help the back four and I definitely think he’s a good signing.
Paul Rachubka has also gone out on loan to Tranmere and I’ve got to be honest and say that I believe he needs to leave Leeds.
I don’t like to say it but against Blackpool he had a total nightmare in the first half and previously against Coventry at home when he threw one away in injury time which cost us two points.
When your keeper is doing that all the time it makes the defence twitchy. That’s understandable. I was speaking to a couple f players afterwards and they seem to have lost their confidence in him.
When you’ve got a keeper behind you that you don’t trust, that’s not good for the rest of the team. You’ve then got to cover for everything he does and that’s just an extra burden that’s putting more pressure on yourself as a player.
I think Paul’s days at Leeds are numbered. Let’s face it he is very rarely going to get in the team. In fact, I just can’t see how he’s going to get back in!
He’s moved on loan to Tranmere and I think that’s the right thing for him to do – he probably needs to drop down and he needs to leave Elland Road.
Maybe he was just overawed playing for Leeds – some players are.
But wherever he ends up, and that’s no disrespect to him, Leeds is a massive club and the expectation level, all of us who have played for the club have said it plenty times before, is huge.
Maybe it was just too much for him, but I really hope he does well and I really hope he gets his confidence back.
But he’s definitely better off looking elsewhere.