Why Stephen Warnock can't be blamed for leaving Leeds United

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There may be some hard feeling towards Stephen Warnock but he can't be blamed for moving to Derby County.

Stephen Warnock’s move from Leeds United to Derby County represents the loss of the very thing Neil Redfearn is trying to keep at Elland Road; quality and experience.

However, Warnock cannot be blamed for taking the opportunity to link up with Steve McClaren.

There may be a little bit of hard feeling towards his exit because Leeds are in a very difficult position; 21st in the Championship and just two points above the bottom three.

Warnock represents a leader who could have driven the side forward and away from danger, but instead he’s decided to take a move to a side joint-top of the table.

It’s not anything close to unreasonable to suggest that Derby have a significantly better chance of being promoted into the Premier League this season and at 33-years-old, it could represent Warnock’s final chance to play in the top flight.

His senior career started at Liverpool and he can’t be blamed for wanting one last crack at the Premier League before he hangs up his boots whenever that may be.

The situation would be different if he was a young man, coming into the game with plenty of years ahead of him but he’s staring at the reverse and can’t be blamed for wanting to try and approach the final segment of his career on a high note.

Whether fans feel he’s jumped ship or not, he’s made a professional decision as an older player to be a little bit selfish.

Leeds still have plenty going for them in the respect that they have one of the largest and most diverse squads of players in English football’s second tier.

Redfearn has great experience in terms of using and developing younger players and even though this season looks like being a poor one, the future is well protected at Elland Road in terms of the sustainability of their younger players.

It’s now over to the youngsters at Leeds to carry the burden of expectation at Elland Road unless Neil Redfearn can work some magic and bring in some Championship experience over the next two weeks.

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