Andy Ritchie calls for January action to solve Leeds concern
By Will Butcher
Andy Ritchie believes Leeds must dip into the January transfer market for a new central defender and a new striker.
Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley have formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Leeds defence, keeping four clean sheets in the 10 games they have played together.
However, Ritchie is worried that if an injury occurs to either of the in-form defenders, that there is no one suitable to replace them despite Liam Cooper coming in on occasion.
Ritchie, who played for Leeds between 1983 and 1987, wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column that a striker is also needed despite the presence of Chris Wood, Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara.
“My only concern would be that if one of those two (Jansson and Bartley) got injured, they haven’t really got anybody to step back in,” Ritchie claimed.
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“I think Garry (Monk) will be saying to the owner (Massimo Cellino), listen, in January I need to bring a centre-half in I think and maybe a striker too. Those are your big positions.”
The defensive duo, both on loan at Leeds, are expected to start for the Yorkshire giants once again on Saturday as Garry Monk’s side face Norwich in East Anglia.
Monk will be hoping that a fifth clean sheet from the two defenders is on the horizon, as Leeds look to secure a second win against Norwich in two weeks following their penalty shootout triumph in the EFL Cup.
A win could see Monk and co. move into the playoff positions, as they currently sit on point away from sixth placed Bristol City.
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