Former Leeds United star says the wrong call has been made over Stephen Warnock and Jason Pearce.
Leeds United legend Andy Ritchie has criticised the club’s transfer decisions over Stephen Warnock and Jason Pearce in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Warnock completed a move to Derby County while captain Pearce has been completed a move to Wigan Athletic before the transfer deadline on Monday.
Ritchie feels that in both cases, it’s counterproductive because they are players who could have made the difference for the club over the second half of the season.
“You know what you are going to get with him. You’ve got a ‘100 per cent-er’ who knows the league and knows what is needed in the Championship,” wrote Ritchie.
“They are the players that the club needs in terms of the pressure, the kick and bite of the Championship. I don’t think it adds up.”
In Warnock’s case, the experienced full-back couldn’t be denied the chance to play for a club, which does have a much better chance of going up into the Premier League this season.
Warnock is well into his 30s and may not get the opportunity again although his experience would have been a vital asset for Leeds later in the campaign.
Pearce started the season as a key player and figure for the club, but Leeds seem to have moved on and have other options after he completed a move to Wigan.
Pearce has arguably struggled for form this season and has been put under pressure constantly although his leadership skills are something that would have benefited the club.
Whether it turns out to be a mistake on both counts will be determined by where each side finishes in the table, but Leeds have options and will move on.