Andy Ritchie: This is what Cellino must do in January to bolster Leeds promotion push
By Amir Mir
Andy Ritchie has called for Leeds to back Garry Monk with funds in the January transfer window.
The Whites are flying high in England’s second-tier after beating promotion chasing Norwich 3-2 during their last league fixture which positioned them in the final play-off spot.
Former Premier League manager Monk, who took over the Yorkshire club in the summer, has transformed the fortunes at Elland Road.
Monk’s side have won their last three league games, with two clean sheets to their name, prior to the five goal thriller at Carrow Road.
Former Leeds midfielder Ritchie has urged owner Massimo Cellino to support the highly-rated boss as they aim for unlikely promotion to the Premier League this season.
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“Leeds are seeming to get into a little bit of a groove, which is just great,” Ritchie wrote in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It has taken its time, hasn’t it? But maybe someone has finally taken a grip of them.
“If this carries on, surely there has got to be a little bit of money available in January for Garry to be able to continue it during the transfer window. It would be remiss not to carry on to build upon what he has been doing.”
The Yorkshire club sit in sixth position in the league table with 26 points from 16 games, looking for their first promotion to the top flight in 12 years.
Monk’s side will prepare for a tough home fixture against leaders Newcastle after the international break with a sell-out crowd expected at Elland Road.
Rafa Benitez’ side, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have registered an impressive 37 points from 16 games.