Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
Hi Brendan. What do you make of Rodolph Austin? We all love a player who likes a tackle at Leeds and he looks the part – something we’ve been missing.
Paul Simpson, Leeds
I AGREE. I was very impressed with him against Oxford and he struck his shot for the goal really well from outside the box.
He’s a big lad and has got some good midfield attributes and put a lot of work in and working for the media, I gave him man of the match.
Over the last few years, I’ve said we’ve needed someone to ‘dig in’ and put his foot in to upset the opposition; a Robbie Savage type if you like. And Austin looks like he can provide that.
Don’t get me wrong, we all like good football players who can stroke the ball about. But Austin provides us with balance and physical presence and is a strong lad who holds himself well in the middle and isn’t scared of a challenge. He looks the part.
His workrate from the box to box was impressive and it was great to see someone put some tackles in. While he showed he’s got a good, powerful strike on him, he also let fly with another shot which hit the bar. His overall game looks good.
I know he’s only been playing in Norwegian football, but he looks more than capable of being a success in England, given what I saw of him for the first time on Tuesday. He looks an asset in that position and I think he can have a good season.
Obviously, young Sam Byram has also caused a bit of a stir with his performances, although I wasn’t that impressed with him on the night until he scored against Oxford.
He went missing a bit, to be fair – although he’s only a young lad who will get better.
But he did have a really good ten-minute spell and showed some really good touches and did great for his goal in beating a few players. He took his goal brilliantly.
He probably got tired in the second half, which is understandable.
There’s definitely something to work on with him, you can see that. What I liked with his goal was that he didn’t panic.
He just obviously needs more games and experience.
Leeds fans like it when a young lad comes through and we’ve already had a couple this season and it all bodes well for the future.
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