Leeds United v Derby County: Recruits must be able to handle the pressure

Leeds boss Brian McDermott.
Leeds boss Brian McDermott.
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AFTER a year or so at the helm of Leeds United, Brian McDermott knows exactly what sort of player is able to thrive amid what can often be a pressure-cooker atmosphere of Elland Road.

If the 52-year-old is given the chance to lead United’s recruitment drive this summer, the knowledge garnered over the past 14 months will be put to good use.

He said: “We need players who can handle being Leeds United players.

“I have been here a year and you get to realise what it is all about, what it entailsto be a player or manager here.

“Until you are in the seat, you don’t really understand it. You have to work under the pressure of being at a great club.

“In terms of recruitment, nothing has been said. That is going to be discussed after the (Derby) game.

“The best thing to do is get the game played, try to win it and then after that have discussions.

“There are a number of players who will be available in the summer. A lot of them are players, who have been there, seen it, done it and that is really important.”

Before attention can turn to not only recruitment but also McDermott’s future, Derby County are the visitors to Elland Road for the final game of what has been another frustrating season.

Victory could see Leeds move up a place to 14th, a slight downturn on the 13th place that they claimed in 2012-13.

In marked contrast, Derby –who have beaten United 10 times in a row – have improved hugely this term with a 10th-place finish a year ago having been turned into third this time around.

McDermott added: “They will want to keep their excellent record against us going. My gut feeling is that he (Rams manager Steve McClaren) will make a few changes because they play Thursday and Monday.”