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Has Leeds boss Neil Redfearn hinted at a huge tactical change?

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Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn admitted earlier this week that he's looking to sign wingers.

After missing out on the permanent job following the sacking of David Hockaday in August, Neil Redfearn has finally been appointed as Leeds United manager.

Redfearn won three of his four games in temporary charge of the team, but owner Massimo Cellino instead chose to appoint Slovenian Darko Milanic instead.

Milanic lasted just six games though, and his departure at the end of October meant Redfearn could take the reins at Elland Road - slightly later than he should've.

With Cellino claiming that he wants Redfearn in charge for ten years, it's fair to say that the former Barnsley midfielder can now call the shots - and that may involve a change of system.

Leeds have played a 4-4-2 diamond under every manager so far this season, which does maybe suggest that Cellino is trying to encourage that system given its prominence in Italy, but Redfearn admitted this week that he's looking to sign some wingers.

"We haven't really got any genuine wingers within the squad," he told TalkSPORT. "The width comes from full-back areas, so whether it's a 4-3-3 or a diamond, the width seems to come from the full-back areas."

"We've got good full-backs so it can be done like that, but it's nice to have your plan B. It might bring a change where you have some genuine width with a natural attacking wide player. It's maybe something that we'll look at."

With wingers possibly arriving, Redfearn could well switch to more of a traditional 4-4-2 system. Adryan may well be the only player that can currently play out wide, but adding a pacier winger on the other side could be a dangerous system for Redfearn.

Leeds do have a talented crop of central midfielders in Lewis Cook, Rodolphe Austin and Alex Mowatt, so dropping one may be hard for Redfearn, but he has to figure out what his vision for the club is - and that could involve wingers, especially after the recent successes of Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel at Leeds.

Fans have been calling for width all season, and if Redfearn gets his way, they may well finally get to see it.

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