Leeds United: A striker is the main priority in January - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, what do you think our priority should be in the January transfer window?

I WOULD definitely say getting another striker in as we rely so much on Ross McCormack.

Looking at the Wigan programme, the recent goalscorers list looks like McCormack, McCormack and McCormack. And so on!

No-one else is scoring the goals and if he gets injured, it’s a real worry.

Obviously, Dexter Blackstock has gone back to Nottingham Forest with an injury and I have got to admit that I’ve forgotten about Noel Hunt.

There’s not much else in our striking department really. Matt Smith for me still doesn’t do it consistently enough and is still learning.

He’s six-foot plus, but still looks clumsy when he jumps; that’s my opinion. If you are going to get crosses into him and give him the service, you need to give him balls to attack, not play balls into him from deep to flick on.

We will struggle for goals without McCormack and it also looks as if Brian is not going to play El-Hadji Diouf, who is out of favour, seemingly.

Looking at cover up front is the most important thing for me. But looking at good strikers, they all cost money as they are worth their weight in gold and lots of clubs will be after strikers in the January transfer window

We seem to be happy playing three centre-halves and Marius Zaliukas has come in, in the centre of the back four and looks okay and of all the centre backs we have got at the moment, he looks the most dominant.

Looking at his body language and size, he looks the enforcer and is winning his fair share of headers and doesn’t look like he messes about, which is what we needed in my view.

I know defenders are coached these days not to just kick it anyway. But if you are under pressure, put the ball out of touch, clear your lines and get the ball out!

Midfield, it doesn’t look too bad. Alex Mowatt has been a big bonus and you can rely on Rudy Austin all the time, so there’s no problem there.

Again, I’ve got to be honest and say I am still questioning Luke Murphy. I am not going to lie and say I think that he’s great for us because at the moment, I don’t.

Mowatt is coming through and looking at him and Murphy, Mowatt looks the more established pro out of the two of them.

Looking at things, we have won three games out of four and there’s no need to panic for fans, even though we aren’t quite in the top six and in this division, everyone is capable of beating everyone – from top to bottom. Teams will take points from the top sides. It’s about being consistent.

Brendan, Who do you fancy in the FA Cup in the third round draw on Sunday?

THE first thing I want is a home draw. To be honest, progression-wise, a home game against the lowest club you can get would be the tie for me. After maybe one or two rounds, you can draw one of the big boys. It’s then you can get your TV money etc.

Let’s face it, we won’t win the cup. But we need to go as far as we can and make as much money as we can.

A good tie in the later rounds could set us up for later on in the season.

Looking at it now, a lot of Premier teams put out their reserves in the third round and in the early rounds to be fair and for me, it’s been devalued over the last few years. Look at what Man United did in playing the World Team Championship in Brazil...

Most competitions are devalued and in the FA Cup many teams only put the ‘big boys’ in when they are playing the latter rounds. When I was young, I used to love watching the FA Cup games...

Nowadays, I wouldn’t call it a Mickey Mouse final, but it shows something when it is played at 5pm on a Saturday tea-time.

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