Leeds Unityed: Paynter can make Brighton rock - Ormsby

Billy Paynter in match action.
Billy Paynter in match action.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, what do you make of Billy Paynter joining Brighton on loan?

Geoff Simpson, Leeds

Hello Geoff. I have always liked Billy Paynter and over the last year or two, while he has been at the club, he has always come up and said hello and gone out of his way to speak to me.

We have always had a good chat and what I can gather from speaking to Billy is that he is one of those players who does appreciate how good a life he has got.

He appreciates being a footballer if that doesn’t sound silly – a lot of them take it for granted and are a bit Billy Big Times and all that.

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Billy never came across like that to me – he loves being a footballer and knows how good he has got it.

I do feel sorry for him in a way because I like him as a person and I like him as player, but I just think he has obviously not hit it off in the time he has been here and he has not had enough first-team football to be honest.

He was in the side for a bit, then picked up an injury and then Luciano Becchio came in and he was the number one striker so Billy was pushed back to second or third choice.

He was also short of games last season and was only given like the last five or 10 minutes.

I know why a manager does it, because sometimes you can bring a player on like that and you are trusting that his first touch might be a winner. It does happen – that’s what was happening with Davide Somma. But, if it doesn’t happen, what good is it as player to come on and have two or three minutes? You can’t prove to anyone how good you are in that time.

In that sense, I do feel sorry for him because he hasn’t been given enough time when taking into account the injuries he had when he first came.

Then of course when he did start games now and then you would find that he was lacking match fitness and he would struggle.

People looked at him and thought ‘well he’s not much of a player because he’s not doing much’, but I think a lot of that was a lack of confidence as well as a lack of match fitness. And it was probably always in the back of his mind that he was going to get subbed.


Compare that to what is happening with Ross McCormack at the moment, Simon Grayson has stuck by him, played him all the time, and now virtually every time Ross gets a chance it goes in the back of the net. It’s all about confidence, every player will tell you that but especially strikers.

It hasn’t worked out for Billy but I hope he does well down at Brighton and he’ll probably do what a lot of players do – go to another club and have a blinder.

Hopefully, he doesn’t come back to haunt Leeds because if he starts scoring a load of goals it could be the Seagulls doing well and shooting above Leeds.

That’s the gamble Simon takes letting him go out on loan to one of his rivals. But I wish Billy all the best, and I hope he does well, because I like him.

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