Leeds United: McCormack would leave very big boots to fill - Ormsby

DANGER MAN: Players like Ross McCormack cause defenders nightmares.
DANGER MAN: Players like Ross McCormack cause defenders nightmares.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan. If Ross McCormack goes, we will desperately need a new striker who can score goals. Becchio for me is more of a target man these days.

S Turnbull, Wakefield

I AGREE. One thing you can’t be lacking in is firepower if you want to have a successful season.

Neil has obviously been building from the back so far in sorting his defence and midfield and that’s been his priority. But you don’t want to be losing any of your main strikers as that’s a real worry, especially near the start of a season.

McCormack did the job last year and he’d need replacing, for sure.

The club have got him under contract at the moment and as long as they are straight with him, even if he wants to desperately go, they should basically say ‘We will let you go, but only when we’ve found a replacement’.

They can’t let him go first without getting another striker lined up, especially with Leeds being short of strikers.

If he’s still here at the start of the season and he’s fit enough and doing well in training, you’d play him.

If say McCormack hasn’t moved, but is still in the team and scoring goals, it can’t harm anyone.

Every time he scores a goal, it will probably put another 10 grand on his fee! He’ll put himself in the shop window and it’s also match-fitness for him. In a way, he won’t lose out and sooner rather than later, he’ll get his move.

What I like about him is that as a striker, he doesn’t stand still. He’s a busy player who roams all over. He isn’t scared to have a go and will let fly with a shot and nine times out of 10, he’ll make the keeper work.

He had a very good season last year.

Players who move around like him can be a nightmare for defenders. If you have a normal striker up against you, you know where he is all the time.

For me, his shoes will need some filling after scoring 19 goals last year – don’t forget he’s also a decent free-kick taker.


We need some striking back up anyway with Billy Paynter on the transfer list and likely to leave the club and if McCormack goes, we simply must bring someone in for the start of the season of that quality, although that won’t be easy.

You need your two main strikers firing on all cylinders if you are going to do something.

If McCormack went and then Becchio got injured, we’d have no-one. And you wonder how Becchio would feel anyway if McCormack left, while there are also the rumours about Snodgrass as well.

Becchio would be entitled to have doubts in his mind and he’d need someone up there to help him definitely if it ended up that McCormack went elsewhere.

It would be worrying times if that happens – unless there’s an instant replacement...

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