Leeds United: Nunez can prove his worth for Whites - Ormsby

Ramon Nunez in match action.
Ramon Nunez in match action.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan. I see that Ramon Nunez has signed a new deal at Elland Road. Do you think he can be a real success story at Leeds United?

James Sanders, Beeston

From what I’ve seen, he looks a decent player and obviously he’s got a goal or two in the Carling Cup this season. This contract will give him some security and the club clearly rate him and think he should be here for the long term. He is obviously in Simon Grayson’s plans.

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But, like anything, he’ll need a decent run in the team to prove himself and, at the moment, he’s on the fringes again. All players want is a run of games. Look at Ross McCormack, he’s got a regular run in the side, is scoring goals and is full of confidence and happy.

In terms of Nunez, he’ll only now be happy if he gets a run of games – not if he’s in one game, scores a couple of goals, and is left out the next match.

But he’s still not the finished article and still needs to learn. That’s what football is all about; each game you play is a learning experience. The players who have got something about them do learn. They take on board what they have been told by the coaches and experienced players.

You have to listen to experience and take it in – the ones who think they know it all and don’t will always struggle. The bright lads use the advice.

For me, with Nunez, there’s got to be something about him and Simon has a lot of hope for him, I feel. But he’s got to learn the game, especially when he hasn’t got the ball. He has to be a bit more disciplined, stick to what he’s told and the system Leeds are playing, and not go wandering around as he has done sometimes this season.

But he’ll be working on that, I’m sure.

This deal should enable him to develop his game. He’s still only 25 and this contract will take him up towards 30 if he stays the whole time so it’s a great contract for him. He seems a big hit with most fans, who like him, and he’s got goals in his locker. It’s now down to him to improve his game to get a regular run in the side.


He has a bit to learn still but, as long as he’s ready and willing to do that, I think he will stay on and prove to everyone how good a player he is.

He need only look at the likes of Adam Clayton and Davide Somma to see how they have kicked on after going out on loan. Look at Jermaine Beckford as well; a few years ago, he went to Scunthorpe – where Ramon went last season – and scored loads of goals, came back to Leeds and we all know what happened then. Top scorer for a few seasons at Leeds, moved to Everton and now he’s got another big move to Leicester.

Like with Beckford, going out on loan won’t have done Nunez any harm. That’s what players should want – regular football. Not sitting on their backsides on the bench picking up money. If you want a career, go out and play.

Jermaine Beckford made his Leeds United debut on March 21 2006.

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