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Leeds United news: Redfearn's Adryan hint, while Ajose gets a chance

A look at what can be read into the selection of Neil Redfearn's Leeds United under-21 side on Wednesday.

Awaiting confirmation of his role as Leeds United head coach, Neil Redfearn is still in line to be in the dugout when the side take on Cardiff at the weekend.

For now he is doing double duty, in charge also of the under-21s, and led the team to a 3-0 win in a behind closed doors friendly over Burnley on Wednesday.

Leeds' goals were scored through David Norris, and Noel Hunt, who struck twice.

Below is the Leeds team selection for the Burnley game, and the previous side he picked last week to face Colchester.

Leeds under-21s vs Burnley: Grimes, Thompson, Wootton, Cooper, Taylor, Dawson, Tonge, Murphy, Norris, Ajose, Hunt. Subs. Atkinson, Del Fabro, Purver, Phillips, Montenegro. 

Leeds under-21s vs Colchester line-up: Grimes, Booker, Del Fabro, Killock, Taylor, Purver, Phillips, Thompson, Dawson, Montenegro, Hunt. Subs: Atkinson, Denton, Stokes, Parkin, Vann.

His selection shows Brazilian playmaker Adryan is continued to be regarded as part of the first team squad. Redfearn picked a team against Burnley full of players who he considers have something to prove, and as far as he is concerned, the Flamengo loanee has already earned a role in the squad.

The same can't be said of the experienced midfield selected of Michael Tonge and David Norris, who have barely featured this season, and Redfearn will have wanted to assess. Luke Murphy also falls into that category, a player who was not in favour during the manager's previous caretaker spell, with Scott Wootton and Liam Cooper also under assessment.

Most interesting of all was the selection of new signing Nicky Ajose, brought in by Dave Hockaday over the summer, but dropped by Redfearn previously and has not played at any level since. This was a sign of him being given an opportunity to stake his claim.

Also notable was loanee Brian Montenegro being left on the bench. Redfearn has been watching him closely over a number of weeks, and may feel he knows very well what he can offer, and could even consider giving him a spot on the first team bench at the weekend.

The size of the squad and experienced players featured, shows the strength in depth Leeds have, and by changing up the team selection against Burnley, Redfearn has already shown he has begun planning in earnest for his next tenure in charge of the first team.

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