Leeds United: Blackstock will have a positive influence - Ormsby

Dexter Blackstock in action for Forest against Sheffield Wednesday.
Dexter Blackstock in action for Forest against Sheffield Wednesday.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Do you think the capture of Blackstock will have any consequences for Matt Smith – he’s just scored two goals and now someone has been brought in, what are your thoughts on that and the signing?

Looking at it, it sounds like Blackstock has a yard of pace and he’s a player who has been in the Championship for a few years with a bit of pedigree.

A bit of pace is something we have been missing down the middle. That won’t do us any harm at all.

It’s great when you have someone up front as you know you can put the ball over the top and someone will run after it and get on the end of it with pace like Jermaine Beckford used to do at Leeds. It frightens the life out of you as a defender, trust me, when someone runs at you. Pace also stretches back fours as well and can create opportunities for others.

What I like about the signing is that we have brought him in after a good result. It’s good to bring in loan players when you are doing well to try and put pressure on the other players and develop competition and a winning mentality. And keep them on their toes as well. I think it’s a shrewd move from Brian McDermott.

Looking at it all, you have to wonder what’s going to happen to Noel Hunt. He wasn’t even in the squad last weekend. It just hasn’t come off since he came to Leeds at all.

He can’t really have any complaints and all he can do is work his socks off in training to try and change Brian’s mind.

The Birmingham result was a great result, first and foremost, and overall a good team performance. They played really well and the players looked comfortable in their positions under the new system. It really worked – four goals and a clean sheet and being an ex-Villa player with it being against Birmingham made it even better!

There were a lot of good performances. As for Smith, I have criticised him before and I just didn’t think he’d done it. But on Sunday, he did the business mainly because he got the service, which you need as a big man. The fresh competition is no bad thing.

Nikola Zigic came on for Birmingham and he’s six feet 12 or something and they were putting balls behind him! That’s no good for him.

Alex Mowatt had another really good game and set the fourth goal up with a great ball in and Smith attacked it and it was in the back of the net. Smith needs the wide service in front of him so he can go and attack it in the box.

Ross McCormack also played really well and could have had a hat-trick. He looks sharp and more comfortable down the middle. Sam Byram came back and provided pace down the right, which was good as well while Rudy Austin really drove us on in midfield as well.

It’s much more open this year

It’s only early days in the Premiership, but it’s turning out to be one of the most interesting in years – which teams and players have impressed you so far?

You have to say Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil, above, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud will be up there. Ross Barkley has also done well at Everton and Southampton and Hull have also impressed.

I think it’s closer because Sir Alex Ferguson has gone and David Moyes is on a hiding to nothing. There’s pressure and the only way he can be successful is by winning trophies after what Ferguson has done – not to finish second or third, which will be looked on as a failure.

It’s certainly more wide open, although I don’t think there’s a great team with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool up there.

In previous years, it’s been Man United and Chelsea or Man City. There’s a few more in the fray this year and it’s better for the public. Teams have been going to Old Trafford not in fear any more – partly because Fergie is not there prowling the touchline! Look at what West Brom and Southampton have done.

Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom in the snow during Saturday's 2-1 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

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