Leeds United's under-21s take on Doncaster Rovers on Monday evening, and Neil Redfearn has been speaking ahead of the game.
Neil Redfearn has been speaking ahead of Leeds United’s under-21 Premier League Cup match against Doncaster Rovers on Monday evening.
The senior side have taken a slump since Redfearn left his caretaker manager role and returned to his day job, but while he will continue to work closely with new head coach Darko Milanic his focus tonight is solely on the young players at the club.
Speaking to LUTV ahead of the game, Redfearn said, “The good thing is it’s at Elland Road, that’s the most important thing. For me all the games should be at Elland Road, the under-21 games, then people could see what’s happening.
“It’s a good game for them, obviously Doncaster is a local derby, they’ll come fired-up so it’ll be a competitive game. It gives some of the lads the chance to play on the turf, puts the lads in the shop window and gives them a chance to show people what they’re capable of.”
Redfearn reserved special praise for three Leeds youngsters in the form of Dario Del Frabo, Zan Benedicic and Brian Montenegro, who are all expected to feature this evening.
Speaking about his side’s last outing, Redfearn said, “You can see the lads rose their game to the QPR game, they understood that they were top of their league and it was going to be a competitive game. People like Del Fabro and Benedicic and Montenegro they understand all that.
“The good thing is they show a real interest in it, they want to know about the league table and where they are and who they’re playing next so they’re really buying into it and they’ve got to take great credit for that.”
Some Leeds fans have questioned why Redfearn was not given the chance to take permanent charge of the club’s senior side given his impressive short-term reign; but that job is now Milanic’s and the former Sturm Graz manager must be given time to get things right.
As for Redfearn, his responsibility is developing the next generation of Leeds stars; a task that continues on Monday evening.