Prior Milanic quotes cast doubts over involvement of young players

Elland Road Revie Stand

Darko Milanic appears to favour experience over youth from his previous comments, which could make a big change of philosophy at Leeds United.

Leeds United's new manager Darko Milanic has already hinted that he will be trusting experienced heads over youngsters at Elland Road. 

In a previous interview, Milanic talked about his belief that English youngsters are given their chances too early in professional football and how he felt that it was harming their development.

It shows a major difference between his philosophy and Neil Redfearn, who has been appointed as caretaker boss before his arrival, before he has even joined the club. 

"Young players are getting their chances in professional football too early," he said in an interview with Austrian journalist Fabian Zerche. "You think that’s positive? No! They make it too fast to the big stage and stop to develop.

"When I train two years in a dark cellar, I’m hungry to achieve big things. Especially in England young players are getting massive contracts. But why?“

It leaves questions over the potential chances that a number of Leeds youngsters will be able to get in their first-team upon Milanic's arrival.

The Sturm Graz boss is expected to be announced as the new manager of the Whites at some point today, completing a two-year-deal. 

It brings to a close an encouraging showing from Redfearn, the club's academy manager, as temporary boss.

Redfearn has remained unbeaten through his four matches in charge of the side and has brought some much needed positivity to the Yorkshire club. 

He leaves the club in a much healthier position than when he took over from David Hockaday, but his success has been formed upon some of the club's youngsters and Milanic is already threatening to change this.

The likes of Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have impressed all watchers in a Leeds shirt, but they could be set for a spell on the sidelines now.

Leeds also brought in some unproven talents from across the continent over the summer. Zan Benedicic and Adryan, for instance, are two of the more exciting players at the club, but have very little experience in their burgeoning careers. 

It remains to be seen whether Milanic will have the faith to play them, but his prior comments suggest he may favour the more experienced members of the squad.

The new boss will take charge of Leeds for the first time this weekend, when they face Brentford as they look to build upon their growing momentum. 

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