Leeds United’s under-21 side thrashed Doncaster 6-0 in the under-21 Premier League Cup, which left academy boss Neil Redfearn delighted with the result.
New summer signings Brian Montenegro (2) and Adryan both got on the score sheet but it was youngster Chris Dawson who Redfearn singled out for praise after the final whistle.
“I thought Chris Dawson was the game's outstanding player. He was different class,” said the ex-caretaker boss of the Leeds first team.
Leeds’ under-21 side have been arguably the strongest team not playing in the top two divisions of the under-21 Premier League.
They sit top of the Northern section of the Professional Development League and look a good bet for a decent cup run in the PLC.
The result justified Massimo Cellino’s decision to leave Redfearn in charge of the youth ranks when he was being tipped to take up the managerial role with the first team on a permanent basis.
The youth team platform also provides the new signings to improve their match fitness alongside talented youngsters, which in turn improves their quality and consistency.
Lewis Cook is a great contemporary example of a player who can feature prominently in the first team at Leeds, which will give Dawson hope that he can feature prominently in the first team under Milanic over the rest of the season.