Former Leeds United player has written about a potential problem for Neil Redfearn in the Yorkshire Evening Post, relating to young defender Charlie Taylor.
Taylor is likely to be thrust into the side after Stephen Warnock completed a move to Derby County and Ritchie says there is one potential outcome, which could leave Redfearn with a big headache.
“The problem will come if he gets injured. Who will Redfearn turn to then. And for all Taylor’s ability, he’s not the sort of lad who can lead the club through the second half of the season. He’s only 21,” wrote Ritchie.
“With the pressure on, this is when you look to the likes of Warnock to keep the place calm and hold it all together. I can’t speak for Redfearn but I’d be amazed if he wanted Warnock to go.”
The apparent disadvantage Warnock leaving creates for Leeds is that they lose a great deal of experience.
Taylor is a very talented young player, Leeds have plenty of them, but it’s a lot of pressure to put on a young man and expect him to bear the burden of an important position for the rest of the season.
The argument against that is Lewis Cook, who has become a key part of the Leeds first team at the age of 17-years-old although he does play in a different position.
The important thing for Leeds is that they still have time to add players over the next couple of weeks.
It’s important the side makes some additions to ensure that the boss has options in all positions, otherwise he could be forced to play players out of position if the team accumulates injuries in certain areas.
Taylor certainly has the talent and potential to play regularly at left-back but Redfearn faces a tricky balance over when to expose him and when to wrap him up in cotton wool.