Ritchie: The 'reality' Leeds officials need to cotton onto

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Leeds United legend Andy Ritchie says the need for a prolific new striker is becoming a reality.

Leeds United legend Andy Ritchie has explained in the Yorkshire Evening Post that there is a real need for the club to back manager Neil Redfearn over his pursuit of a new striker for the team.

Redfearn has previously made it clear that he’s already looking at potential new signings for next season, with the attack in need of a fresh player or players to give the side more of a goal threat.

“The reality is that Leeds must invest in that area of their team. They’re going to have to invest if they want a serious chance of winning promotion in 12 months’ time,” he wrote.

“Recruiting a quality centre-forward would actually be a wise use of money. Redfearn’s team are one of the lowest-scoring in the Championship but they could still finish top 10. Think of the difference a reliable striker would make.”

Leeds already have decent options up front, which are well suited to the current side, squad and the system that the boss has been using.

Steve Morison works hard, Billy Sharp has got plenty of heart and Edgar Cani could have been pretty decent with development and a run of games.

However, for Leeds to compete for the top places next season, their man striker or strikers need to be prolific and take the pressure away from the midfield, which has had to chip in with several goals this season.

In terms of who could come in, the club will know more at the end of the season and Redfearn will have more of an idea over the precise sort of player he wants at the end of the campaign.

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