Leeds United: Diouf’s simply not my cup of tea - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, you said a few weeks ago that you wouldn’t touch El-Hadji Diouf with a bargepole? It looks like we might sign him so have you changed your mind? And what else do we need before the transfer window shuts?

Geoff, Leeds

I still wouldn’t have him. I don’t know much money he is asking for, and while he has been a good player I think now he is trying to extend his career for as long as he can.

I think he’s just getting on the biggest pay day that he can and he’s going to a massive club like Leeds so he’s got to be happy about that.

But if you ask most people about him, the first thing they will mention is about his controversial past.

I just think he might be a bad influence on the rest of the players and the club though Neil Warnock will know what he’s about and I’m sure Neil can handle him.

I’m sure if he does start to step out of line then Warnock will put him in his place and show him the door.

Neil has obviously changed his mind about him and thinks he can do a job on the pitch which is what it’s all about.

If he comes in and turns into a goalscoring machine then he will prove everyone wrong and it will prove Neil right in doing the right job for us.

But it’s whether he can do it now and I think his best days are behind him.

He is a bit of a name as well, as people obviously know him so people will be looking out for him and I’m sure there will be players trying to make a name for themselves against him as well.

I think as far as the squad goes, I don’t think that Neil will get too many more in over the next week or two,

And I think Neil has done the right thing in building from the back.

He has brought Paddy Kenny in who I do rate as a top goalkeeper and he’s strengthened up his back four with experienced players and I think we have struggled in that department over the last three or four years.


We’ve given too many silly goals away in the past and no disrespect to the young players who were in there but you can’t play too many kids at the same time.

You need someone in there who has got a bit of experience and I think he’s done that with Paddy Kenny, the centre-halves (Jason Pearce) and the full-backs (Lee Peltier and Adam Drury).

He’s brought people into the midfield – Paul Green and Rodolph Austin, David Norris and Luke Varney and obviously Diouf does have experience.

Then up-front we have got Ross McCormack, Becchio and Andy Gray and Gray is a good player. I’ve seen him for Barnsley and he scores goals.

McCormack is good and Becchio is a good striker in that league and I think the squad is probably looking a lot stronger than it has done over the last two or three years.

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