Leeds United: Schmeichel news was a real shock - Ormsby

Kasper Schmeichel.
Kasper Schmeichel.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, do you think it’s the right decision to sell Kasper Schmeichel?

GARY, York

To be honest, I couldn’t believe it when I heard about it on the box!

Looking at it, I think Simon must have another first-choice keeper lined up to replace him. You don’t get rid of him without someone coming in.

For me, Schmeichel is a good keeper and you have got to have someone as good as him or even better to come in as fans will think ‘What the hell is going on?’.

You don’t let your better players go, especially your keeper who is in a specialist position, without having alternative plans.

I wouldn’t say Kasper had a bad season.

He’s very similar to his dad in that he kicks a great ball, which is superb, and he’s a good shot-stopper. But he’s still a young lad and he did make his fair share of mistakes, though he made key saves in other games to keep us in the match.

He did rush out of his box in a few games at Elland Road and I remember the one game (Cardiff) when him and Alex Bruce had a mix-up on the edge of the box and got in each other’s way. But that does happen in the game.

He’s the same as any keeper, the more games you play and the older you get, the more experienced you become and better you get. You always learn from your mistakes.

This season is not just a massive season for the club itself, but for Simon as well.

We missed out on the play-offs after being in the top six for most of the season and I said all along last season that after what we did, we should have got into those play-offs.

I know at the start of the season most would have accepted consolidation and say mid-table, but I think the supporters would have expected us to get in there as well after how well we did. And there was disappointment at the end of the season that we missed out after dropping too many points late on.

I know some people will look back and point to the fact we didn’t buy many people in the transfer window and some would criticise Simon for that.

I think Simon thought the squad was good enough but, at the end of the day, it turned out they weren’t.

Obviously, Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson look like being on their way and there are rumours about the likes of Robert Snodgrass possibly leaving.

It seems, at the moment, there are more players leaving than coming in.

This season will be a big one. There’s a lot of work going on redeveloping the ground and Ken Bates will be looking to get out of this division this season.

I think Simon will know that himself. That’s what football is all about at a club like Leeds where the pressure is always there.

The fans will be looking for that (promotion) as well and they will have read the reports about Schmeichel going and maybe others and will be wondering what’s going on.