Leeds Legend Lorimer Lashes Vid

Last updated : 29 July 2003 By Kevin Markey
Lorimer said to the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Mark Viduka is a great player, but the club must have people who are prepared to dig in and battle.

"If they don't want to do that they should go.

"There is nothing worse than having someone who doesn't want to be there, because that attitude rubs off on other people and can cause problems in the dressing room.

"We all know Mark can be moody and, while it's disappointing that he has said he wants to go, the simple truth is that you cannot keep players who are not happy.

"Keeping players against their will can lead to disruption and that's the last thing that Leeds United need at this moment in time."

"Mark is an outstanding player," continued Lorimer.

"Like Harry Kewell, he played a big part in us staying up last season.
Ever since Lee Chapman went all those years ago we've been crying out for a target man who can hold the ball up, and there is no one better than Viduka for doing that. His goals record speaks for itself.

"But at the same time it's not all been terrific and his relationship with the fans has been very much love/hate.

"His goals will be missed, but what we need this year are battlers.
There's no point in people kidding themselves – it's going to be a long season.
What Peter Reid and the fans need are 11 players who are prepared to battle and give their all for Leeds United.

"I thought all the so-called big players would have gone before the start of the season and it's looking that way," said Lorimer.

"I can't believe Mark has said he wants to go if his agent hasn't got anything lined up.

"It's a sad state of affairs, but there's no loyalty left in the game nowadays.
There's no feeling towards a club that has developed a player or to the fans who have backed him."

That coming from a truly great loyal servant to the club.