Neil Redfearn is likely to be looking for several things from his Leeds United players this weekend.
This weekend is huge for Leeds United and Neil Redfearn.
Whether he’s been confirmed as permanent head coach by that point or not, the game against Russell Slade’s Cardiff City is important for a variety of reasons following Darko Milanic’s disappointing 32 day reign at the club.
Redders will be looking for a number of things from his team this weekend and we’ve considered five important things he’ll want to take from the game.
It’s extremely important for Leeds to get three points on the board and while it sounds obvious, a win could do the side a world of good. Leeds haven’t won a match since the last time Redfearn was in charge of the first team and it’s vital to get the team moving in the right direction.
One of the great things about the way Redfearn coached the side earlier this season is that there were smiles on the faces of Leeds players. He’ll want to see the same again, with plenty of happy faces enjoying their football rather than being weighed down by the burden of the pressure on the club.
Redfearn’s relationship with the youngsters and academy at the club could see him trust younger players in this game, giving them a chance to transform the fortunes of the side. Who is up for it? Who has the passion? Who wants the responsibility? These are all questions Redfearn will be asking himself throughout the game.
It’s important for Redfearn that key players avoid injuries during the game. As the winter draws in, Redfearn will need his best players available as he rotates his squad. Keeping the side free of serious injuries will help the team at the turn of the year if they’re in a good position.
Leeds fans are always superb whether at home or away and Redfearn will want to see support regardless of how the side plays. A positive performance is preferable but there could be heads in the team which drop quickly if the match doesn’t start or end as Leeds would be hoping.