Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
HI Brendan, how much of a blow is losing Dexter Blackstock to injury – and what do you think of this new lad Gboly Ariyibi who used to be at Southampton?
It’s sad news that we are going to be without Dexter Blackstock. He got off to a great start and he couldn’t have got off to a better one – scoring with his first touch after coming on as a sub.
That will have endeared him to the Leeds fans straight away and he would have loved that because that’s what a striker does – scores goals. But obviously now it must be some sort of a serious knee injury if Forest have taken him back. If it was just a minor thing Leeds could have kept him but obviously not.
He’ll be disappointed going back and I think Brian McDermott will be disappointed as well because he took him on loan and he got off to a great start. He’s a tall lad, he’s quick, he looked a good player and once he got more match fitness under his belt I could have seen him scoring a few more goals.
I think both sides will be disappointed – Dexter because it sounds like a bad knee injury which could put him out for a few months and Brian McDermott because somebody who he was hoping might start scoring goals to take the pressure off Ross McCormack has gone back as well.
I don’t think we’d seen anything like the best of Dexter even though he had the perfect start and I know what that’s like because when I made my debut for Leeds I scored and we won so it’s a great day all round. It’s every player’s dream. The fans had really taken to Dexter but we have not seen enough of him and if and when we see him again – that’s the question. I think Dexter going back definitely leaves us short up front and I think we definitely need somebody else to at least take the weight off McCormack’s shoulders.
As for this new lad we have signed, Brian says that he is a winger with pace and that’s what we need. Defenders – whether it’s centre halves or full backs – don’t like people going at them at pace. I don’t know how many games he has played or if he has played at all for Southampton but he’s only 18 and we could just be taking him to have a look what he’s like. But if they are going to take him in then they had better give him a game. It’s no good bringing players in and shoving them in the reserves. That would give you an idea of what he has got and how quick he is but if you want to see if he is going to be first team material you have got to put him the first team. Southampton obviously don’t think he’s good enough for their team and the way they play so they have released him but he’s got a great chance now in coming to a massive club like Leeds.
Let’s cut out all the excuses
Italy, Uruguay and Chile – what do you make to England’s World Cup group?
To be honest, what annoys me is that all we are going to get between now and the finals is a lot of excuses coming from the England camp.
We’ve got Costa Rica who we don’t know a lot about, Uruguay who we know Luis Suarez, above, plays for and they are not a bad team, and we obviously know about the Italians. But as soon as the draw was made, the pundits and the ex-players were all saying ‘we are in the jungle at two o’clock in the morning and that’s going to kill us – the heat.’ They were saying ‘we are flying for six or seven hours and we have got to do this and do that.’
But they are going to get looked after – they will get five star, gold star treatment whatever you want to call it – and in regards to the teams we are playing, what do they expect? It’s the World Cup.
If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best and they are not going to get Mickey Mouse teams.
I just don’t like the fact that the excuses are coming out already.