Leeds United: Pearce is starting to act like a centre-half - Ormsby

Jason Pearce.
Jason Pearce.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

What have you made of our defence so far this season – for me, Jason Pearce has looked our best defender to date.

I’ll probably have to agree with that, to be honest.

Last season when he came, I wasn’t impressed after we paid a decent amount of money for him – £500,000 from Portsmouth after they were relegated. I didn’t think he was dominant like a centre-back should be.

From what I’ve seen this season, he is definitely playing better, and performing and being aggressive like a centre-half should. And he’s winning more headers. I am taking a bit more of a liking to him, I’ve got to say that!

Although we are still conceding goals from set-pieces which people can point a finger at, as we saw last week with Sheffield Wednesday’s first goal.

Obviously, we have brought in Scott Wootton from Man United this week and when I was told we’d signed a new central defender, I naturally thought it would have been an experienced one to go alongside Tom Lees to bring him along quicker as he’s still a young lad and learning.

This new lad is quite young and thinking about it, I’ll be very surprised if Brian plays him alongside Tom as you would have two young kids then, even though Tom has played a couple of years and for England Under-21s.

Maybe having brought Wootton in, he might be tempted to play alongside Pearce, although it’s a guessing game and I don’t know for sure.

So far this season, Tom hasn’t been playing at his best and it seems to have swapped around, with Pearce playing a bit better so far in comparison.

One thing is for sure, we need to sort out the defence, because we have leaked too many soft goals over the past few years through token balls into the box.

We need to take command at the back and attack the ball.

Lee Peltier has switched to right-back with Sam Byram being injured and he does a good job there.

Although if Sam was fit, I’d put him straight back in there as he’s a proper right-back and the best we’ve got at the club and one of the best young ones in the country.

Peltier is one of those players who can play left or right-back or centre-back and do a job. A bit like Andy Hughes did a few years ago at Leeds. He won’t let you down.

On the left, Stephen Warnock has done okay for me so far and has looked steady. At least, he gives natural balance as over the past couple of seasons, we’ve sometimes had right-backs in there and it throws the whole shape of the team out with a right-sided player on the left, especially when you are attacking.

It’s not for me.

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Who is your tip to win the Premier League this year?

IT will be one of Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United and it will be close between them and certainly a three-way fight.

Arsenal won’t win it and I think this will be Wenger’s last season and that he will either get the sack or walk away as they have gone long enough without winning a trophy and the fans are getting brassed off.

Liverpool and Tottenham won’t do it either.

With Ferguson not there, Moyes, pictured, will be under pressure at Manchester United. But they have been there and done it so many times in the past.

The way they played at Swansea after an even start just goes to show how much firepower they have in their locker.

But City and Chelsea have spent a lot of money and, on paper, they have probably got bigger name players and more world-class ones than Man United.

Although they, for some reason, have done it in the Premier League with so many young teams over the years.

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