McDermott delays assessment over Blackstock

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BRIAN MCDERMOTT insists it is too early to discuss a possible permanent move for Dexter Blackstock despite admitting the loanee has been “a good addition” for Leeds United.

The 27-year-old striker moved on loan to Elland Road from Nottingham Forest late last month.

He has since made four appearances and scored one goal, impressing McDermott with both his work-rate and ability.

McDermott said: “I have been really pleased with him.

“He has been good around the place and been a good addition to the group.

“In January, he either goes back or he stays so let’s see what happens. We have got seven games in December, which is incredible.

“I think it is so early to be talking about him. He has got three and a half years (left) on his contract and that’s a lot.

“From Dexter’s point of view, there is no way he would be signing a contract which says two years on it if his another one which says three and a half years.

“He has got a good contract at Forest so we will see. I am not looking too far ahead.”

Yesterday’s 5pm deadline for emergency loans passed without United making any additions.

McDermott explained: “You have to find someone who is going to add value to the squad, and if there is no one in November then you don’t do it.

“We have added a couple, Dexter and Marius (Zaliukas) and you can see what they have brought for the team. But we are trying to bring our own players through too. Alex Mowatt has come from absolutely nowhere.

“I didn’t think there was anybody out there at this time. Things like January evolve for me. There will be a number of phone calls which take place and things will turn up for us.”

Tomorrow’s visit to Blackburn Rovers will see United backed by a 7,000-strong travelling army of fans.

The hordes from Leeds will be hoping to see Ross McCormack maintain the form that has brought seven goals from the Scot’s last three games.

In the home ranks will be former Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes, but when asked if McCormack was the better forward, McDermott replied: “I would never say anything like that. That would be wrong and unfair on Jordan Rhodes and Ross.

“They are scoring goals and they are both very good players in their own right. I am delighted I have got Ross.

“From Ross’s point of view, he has played wide and he has played behind strikers. But when you bung him straight up front, he always scores.

“When he gets a chance to score goals, he does it.”