Leeds United: It was spot on making Ross the captain - Richie

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Former Leeds United striker Andy Ritchie answers your questions.

The decision for Rudy to step down as captain and for Ross to take over is a good move in my eyes – it can energise both, what’s your view?

Hopefully, now Leeds have rejected West Ham’s £3.5m bid for Ross, he can concentrate on his time at Leeds. Making Ross captain is a good move, although my opinion is that you need leaders all across the pitch to be successful.

Sometimes in the modern game, I don’t see enough of that; players giving others a rollicking and that sort of thing.

With some of the things I see on the pitch, I sometimes think; ‘If I’d done that when I was playing, I’d have got a right telling-off; not just off the manager, but my team-mates on the pitch!’

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It’s not about slagging people off but getting people going. And Ross McCormack leads by example with his work-rate and is a good character, so I’m sure he’s the right type to do the job. He looked like he really took to it last week and is obviously really proud to be Leeds captain.

As for Rudy, he obviously felt the captaincy was becoming a bit of a burden and against Leicester, without reaching the heights he can reach, he did have a better game.

Sometimes, people don’t relish that captaincy challenge and if he felt the captaincy burden was a contributory factor to the lack of form he was having – and he was obviously not happy with it – fair play to him for what he did.

The manager stood by him, to be fair, and started him last weekend and that was a vote of confidence to him. And Rudy should take heart from that and in terms of his performance, it was more like it in terms of last week. A bit more like he was playing six to eight weeks ago.

In terms of captaincy, it’s something I always relished and wanted to do when I was playing. I felt it brought out another ten to 15 per cent in my game.

I liked the mantle and I just wished I was made captain a few more times, especially at Oldham.

I felt a few times when I was the elder statesman, but didn’t get the armband I was disappointed and I actually joked about that in commentary against Leicester.

But it wasn’t to be. I only maybe had it for a couple of games on the trot and then it was back to the normal captain. I didn’t have much chance to trial it.

I don’t think Ross is the type who needs to rise to the occasion as he gives 100 per cent every time.

He maybe gets downhearted once or twice because of the lack of service he gets. But last Saturday, I thought he was awesome; he just needed that goal.

Leeds still in hunt for the top six

What do you think of Leeds’ hopes of the play-offs as it stands?

If you look at the points, they are only six off, although they obviously have slipped down a bit.

But after the performance against Leicester, the manager will be very buoyed by what he saw. They were very, very unlucky not to get anything.

Leeds need three points on the board straightaway against Ipswich and then hope one or two others slip up a little bit and that the same happens over the following two to three games. There is always a spot or two open. But to do anything, it really has to start now for Leeds.

Leeds have a break this weekend and I think Brian McDermott will be pleased after introducing Cameron Stewart, above, and Jimmy Kebe and having more time to work with them. Obviously it’s important for Leeds to take points from teams around them and they now have two home games with Ipswich and Huddersfield and also the likes of Middlesbrough next month.

Brian will want six points from the next two home games and you base any push on your home form.

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