Leeds United: Warnock can find his feet with Whites - Ormsby

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Brendan, I see Leeds United are after Stephen Warnock at your boyhood club Villa, while Alan Tate has gone back to Swansea City – what is your take on both developments?

Brendan, I see Leeds United are after Stephen Warnock at your boyhood club Villa, while Alan Tate has gone back to Swansea City – what is your take on both developments?

I went down to see Villa the other week against Wigan Athletic and Joe Bennett was in the team at left-back and obviously keeping Warnock out of the picture.

Some of the view from the ex-players down there was that Warnock had not been great this season and had struggled a bit at Premier level.

But they did add that he would easily find his feet in the Championship if he dropped down a division and cope comfortably enough with that.

Warnock has plenty of experience and I am sure he would be fine if we got him in. But put him in the team, don’t mess about and just bring him in to leave him kicking his heels on the bench.

My theory about defences is that you should not mess about with your back four if you can. And in terms of left-back, Leeds really need to sort it out one way or the other.

Lee Pelter in particular has been moved across the back four all season, which has not helped him.

I have wondered why Neil has played Peltier at left-back. He has not done himself justice and he has got a bit of stick because of it as he is not a left-footer.

It is like when Andy Hughes was here when he did a job at left back in the way the manager wants, but on his wrong side.

But doing that can unbalance the team and also the back four and this season it certainly hasn’t done Peltier any favours.

This season, we have had Adam Drury, Aidy White and Danny Pugh capable of playing left back and I have thought at stages: ‘Why isn’t Neil playing one of them’?

When I have seen Drury, he has been steady enough and done all right and he brings a better balance to the team when we are attacking.

He can also whip a ball in well.

Aidy can obviously play there and has played there a fair bit, but from what I have seen of Danny at left-back, I would put him last in the pecking order.

He has not really done anything for me since he has come back to the club for a second time.

To be honest, I am not bothered about Tate going back. I was not impressed by what I saw of him.

It’s not a big loss to the club for me. I am not disappointed that he has now left United for I felt that he was not anything great.

To be fair, Jason Pearce hasn’t greatly impressed me either.

I thought Tom Lees had a good game last Saturday and could do with someone experienced alongside him.

However, Peltier did well enough alongside him against Bristol City and helped him out.

But as I have said often enough over the years, we do need a really dominant centre half to help Lees to come along quicker at the back.

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