Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has detailed the main problem he’s facing in his role as permanent head coach at Elland Road.
Redfearn has suggested via the club’s website that the main difficulty he’s facing is gelling the younger players who have developed under him in the academy, with the players the club signed during the summer.
“This is a big job. There’s been a lot of change, a lot of players have come in. It’s integrating these young players with the players that have signed,” he told the Leeds website.
Leeds have one of the best academy setups in England which has given the first team a solid supply line in terms of the younger players progressing through the youth teams and into the senior side.
Lewis Cook and Chris Dawson are obvious examples, with Liam Cooper the player tipped to fill in for the suspended Jason Pearce tomorrow night.
While it’s an exciting part of Leeds as a football club, good players who were signed during the summer are being forced to wait for a chance.
Brian Montenegro and Dario Del Fabro are good examples.
Montenegro has been efficient in the Leeds United under-21 attack, drafted into the fringes of the first team while Del Fabro is still to get a look in at first team level.
It also took talented Brazilian Adryan a number of weeks before Darko Milanic was willing to trust him in the side before he got fired.
It’s all about balance for Redfearn and that’s something he’s experimented with using the under-21 side where more experienced players have been able to mix with the next generation of youngsters.
However, the stakes are now much higher and the pressure over Leeds to get three points against Charlton tomorrow is massive as the Whites look to start moving in the right direction and up the Championship table.