Barmby still sees Leeds future
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former England international has played just four times for The Whites this term, including a fleeting appearance in their 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal on Friday.
In a bid to gain first team practice Barmby was loaned out to Nottingham Forest, but he returned early to Elland Road after six appearances for Joe Kinnear.
Barmby still believes he can play a part in helping the side pull away from the drop zone, despite looking a shadow of the figure that Everton and Liverpool splashed out nearly £6 million each to acquire.
"My aim is to get back in the first team and keep playing at the highest possible level for as long as possible," said Barmby. "And I still think I am good enough.
"I am just as good today as I was two years ago. I never lose faith. I have proved I can do it at the highest level and you never lose your ability, maybe just your legs.
"I am very positive about what I can and can't do and I know I have got the next four or five years ahead of me and I see my future at Leeds United."
The Hull-born star is close with the club's fans and has been asked why he is not involved under Eddie Gray, but despite a lack of opportunities he is fully committed in training.
"The fans do ask me why I am not playing," said Barmby. "Maybe they have said, 'look at that player, he is picking up his money and not doing anything'.
"It is not for want of trying, and that is going to happen with big squads. The situation is not of my making.
"I know that I give 100 percent every day in training and that is what I have always done. So I can hold my head up high."