Three Leeds United players who could lose out from Redfearn appointment

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Is Neil Redfearn taking over at Leeds United bad news for three players in particular?

Neil Redfearn's previous spell as caretaker manager is to become a permanent fixture at Leeds, after the swift dismissal of Darko Milanic.

The Slovenian failed to win at all in six games, registering only three points of a possible 18.

As with all managerial changes, there will be players who win, and who lose, and it will be especially so with Leeds' large squad.

Redfearn has a headstart and likely a better idea of his preferred side than Milanic, having worked with the players already.

Here are three players who we foresee being on the outside looking in, under Neil Redfearn:

Liam Cooper

A signing from Chesterfield in the summer, Cooper played only 14 minutes of football in the four matches under Redfearn preivously. While Milanic brought the centre-back in to play at left-back, Redfearn was committed to Stephen Warnock in the position, and it's unlikely he will revisit the option, except in an injury crisis. Cooper will have to wait for his chance, and should not expect to be a starter in central defence any time soon on a regular basis.

Luke Murphy

Murphy did not play a single minute under Redfearn previously, with the one-time £1 million buy out of favour. Redfearn preferred youngsters Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, who have continued to stake their claims for positions in his absence. Murphy has come back into the side as of late as a substitute, but it's hard to envision him getting anything beyond, and if even that, if Redfearn's last spell was anything to go by.

Nicky Ajose

Arguably Leeds' most bizarre summer buy, Nicky Ajose's troubles at Leeds began when Redfearn was appointed. Having started games under Dave Hockaday, the manager who signed him, Ajose was shunted out of the team and failed to make the bench under Redfearn. His troubles continued under Milanic, and the imminent appointment of Redfearn is hardly likely to bring about the change in fortunes Ajose needs.

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