Cardiff City assistant manager Scott Young is wary of the effect Neil Redfearn could have on Leeds United when the sides meet this weekend.
Cardiff are in a superior position in the Championship table to Leeds, but Young has urged caution ahead of the weekend clash because of the effect Redfearn coming in could have on the Whites.
“Leeds are slightly behind us in the table, but they have appointed a new manager (Neil Redfearn) and we all know the effect that can have. We are aware of that and will make sure the team are fully prepared,” Young told Wales Online.
It’s a fair point because when Redfearn was in charge of Cardiff’s opponents earlier in the season, they didn’t lose a game over four matches, which hints at the belief and confidence that Leeds’ players have in Redfearn as a leader.
Cardiff can’t get too worried about the effect Redfearn will have or they could take their eye off the ball in terms of their own tactics and how they best go about trying to get three points.
Russell Slade had a good start to life at the club but a bad result against Millwall has left the side in need of a positive win against Leeds this weekend.
Where Cardiff have to be wary is pushing too hard for three points in the game because Redfearn likes his teams to play free flowing and attacking football whether that means dominating possession or counter attacking.
Leeds have one of the best squads in the Championship and plenty of young and talented players who are well suited to finding and exploiting the space if Cardiff give too much away this weekend.
It’s going to be a difficult game because Redfearn already has a relationship with the Leeds players, which is different from another manager coming in and trying to have an impact without knowing anyone at the club.