Several players could prosper over the course of the season under Neil Redfearn as head coach of Leeds United.
Neil Redfearn’s imminent appointment as permanent Leeds United head coach will be great news for players who know him well from the academy system at the club.
Redfearn’s popularity at Leeds has been built on a sensible and positive approach to the youth team at Elland Road and while he’ll be looking to develop the first team, there are several players who could benefit from a chance with ‘Redders’ as head coach.
We’ve looked at five players who could benefit when Leeds make the news official.
Dawson was praised by Redfearn for his performance in the 6-0 Premier League Cup win against Doncaster Rovers. That sparked speculation over a potential loan exit for the Leeds youngster with fans urging the club to keep him and give him a chance. That chance could come with Redfearn as head coach.
Montenegro has been a regular for Redfearn in the Leeds under-21 side so far this season. He’s been putting pressure on the first team strikers and if a gap in the attack opens up, Redfearn knows exactly what he’s getting from the summer signing who has been working hard away from the first team.
Dario Del Fabro
Another summer signing and more of a risk for Redfearn because he’s a defender. Redders will more than likely be reluctant to break up the back four, which has been settled and playing together throughout the season. However, they have been conceding goals and Del Fabro has been working hard on his fitness with the under-21s.
Coyle is another young defender who will be looking for a chance and another player who has previously been praised by Redfearn. It would be another risk but Lewis Cook is a good example of a player who can prosper in a key area for the Leeds first team if he’s given a chance.
Phillips spoke about the positive relationship he has with Redfearn last week. Phillips commented on how Redfearn’s philosophy is in tune with how he likes to play football and if Redfearn feels the first team needs an injection of pace and energy in midfield then Phillips could be the youngster he turns to.