Leeds United: Loan boys have big role to play - Ormsby

DOMINANT DISPLAYS: Brendan Ormsby has been particularly impressed with the form of on-loan Swansea City centre-half Alan Tate.
DOMINANT DISPLAYS: Brendan Ormsby has been particularly impressed with the form of on-loan Swansea City centre-half Alan Tate.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, what’s your assessment of our loan players and what should we be doing with them and the team in general in January?

Gerry Taylor, Pudsey

Alan Tate looks like he has settled in okay and you always need a dominant centre-half.

I don’t think we have had one over the last few seasons and hopefully now he can be the main man.

I wouldn’t mind us signing him up because you do need a centre-half like that.

Over the years we have had the likes of Alex Bruce, Tom Lees and Jason Pearce who, for me, does all right but he’s not a dominant centre-half.

Tate has got experience so hopefully we can keep him and he can take over from there.

Michael Tonge has been around a long time and he has got a lot of experience whereas over the last few years we have had a lot of young lads in there and no real experience to guide them along the way.

But since Neil Warnock has come in he has brought the experienced Paddy Kenny in who I think is a really good keeper.

Then Tate has got the experience and Tonge has got the experience. I think Tonge is good for us.

I’m not too sure about the other boys as I haven’t really seen enough of them and I’m not really sure what experience they have got.

But I know Ryan Hall came on last weekend and got two assists and he looks as though he is quite nippy and has got good feet.

From what I have seen of him he looks quite a good player who is quick as well and full-backs hate having pace up against them.

Jerome Thomas, from what I have seen of him, also looks a decent player and he is at West Brom so he is at a Premiership club and he has obviously stepped down to get some more games and match experience which won’t do him any harm and won’t do Leeds any harm.

But I just hope we don’t go down the same route as we have done over the last few years where we bring too many loan players in.

Otherwise they are here for a month and then they are gone and I don’t think we should be signing people on loan just for the sake of it.

I know they might not say it but they have no real loyalty to the club as they are here to get themselves match fit, put themselves in the shop window and maybe go back to their home club and get back in there.

Looking at it now, we have got a top-class keeper and, if we keep Tate, the defence looks a lot more solid.

If we can keep Tonge the midfield is full of experience but maybe we are lacking some sort of fire-power and I’d like to see a ball-player in the middle of the park as well.

We have got the likes of Brown, Tonge, David Norris and Paul Green when he is available and fit.

But there is no ball player and when I was playing in our team we had John Sheridan and Shez could pick out a pass from anywhere.

I think if we can get someone in like that to open the game up that would be a big boost for the club.

Teams have got promotion with Warnock before so he knows the types of players he wants and he likes the grafters by the look of it.

He’s got plenty of them but a bit of flair wouldn’t do any harm and maybe one more striker to start banging in the goals.

Paul Heckingbottom.

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