Date:Friday October 19 2012
Vital Leeds United have been in contact with fans of Southend United to get the lowdown on our new signing Ryan Hall.
Hall spent two seasons at Roots Hall where he earned a reputation for both goals and assists.
The 24 year old has signed for Leeds on loan until January with a view to a permanent move.
The fans from Shrimperzone.com have given the following feedback.
What is his preferred/best position?
I think he started out on the right for us, but he can play down either side.
He is not a central midfielder by any stretch though. He is not bad playing just behind a front pair either.
Defensively he's improved and he had a good understanding with our right back, Clohessy
Strengths and weaknesses?
He is a good crosser of the ball but his corners have not delivered as well. Before other teams pinpointed him, he would run down either wing fairly easily and cross, but since teams started marking him harder and doubling up, he's sometimes been stifled out of games.
Trouble with Hall is, he played some of the best football of his time here when he was under threat of prison. His form last season - although he was one of the top assists in the country - was not as good to watch, he became more conscious somehow of what he was doing and tried to 'over-do' things.
He also became greedy towards the end of last season and would hog the ball to shoot when our strikers (Neil Harris and Freddy Eastwood) were often better placed to finish.
As you can probably guess, his off the field judgement hasn't always been great...there was an alleged incident last season with him, Liam Dickinson and Kane Ferdinand in a hotel on an away trip for instance, in addition to the nightclub kicking.
He's been a good player for us, please don't get me wrong. Without his goal making and scoring last season we would not have been anywhere near the play offs.
Are you sad to see him leave?
Yes, I am sad to see him go, but I don't hold it against him. Nothing wrong with a player wanting to better himself and provide for his family.
Hope he's not made too big a jump and it all goes wrong for him, I do think you'll find him better than a couple of others of ours you've had recently though - Billy Paynter and Sanchez Watt.
Fans chant for Hall
To the tune of Joy Division - 'Hall, hall will tear you apart again`
Strangely, I am not sad to see him go - I don't know why but I never really liked him as a player.
Many people use his 'stats' as a reason to say he was good - and I was as happy as the next fan when the onion bag was bulging - but I never rated him for some reason.
Good from free kicks, corners, drifting into the box/edge of box and picking up loose balls - that is quite a good 'knack' to have. However, there was never that spark that made me warm to him.
Really cannot see Hall making it in the Championship. He is left footed but he prefers to play on the right.
He certainly has a turn of pace but wants to go inside all of the time. Better full backs will not allow him to do this. No right foot to speak of and I really cannot see him breaking into the Leeds side.
A good League Two winger. He will obviously find life much harder against better full backs.
Pinpoint deliver from open play and set pieces, good shot from range, can be greedy but in our league, he almost had a right to be.
Against very quick full backs/midfielders, he kind of gives up and drifts inside. He could be a great signing. I am certainly sad to see him go.
His set piece delivery is brilliant, as is his crossing, However, He lacks real pace
Very sad to see him leave. Any player who gets into double figures for goals and 20 odd assists is a big miss.
Good on his day but can be selfish. Sad he is going but we have restructured well without him
united we stand
He can be very selfish. This did not happen at the start but became a problem in my opinion towards the end.
When on fire he could really turn a game. We all knew that we would lose him at some point, but a lot of us have lost a lot of respect for him due to the way he has conducted his move.
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