Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn says he’s seeing two benefits of encouraging his players to take responsibility and attack freely in games.
Leeds went into the international break off the back of an important win against Blackpool last weekend, which Redfearn suggests was proof that his methods are already starting to work since he was appointed permanent head coach by Massimo Cellino.
“If you look at the squad in its entirety, we’ve got footballers. There’s no point us lumping us up the pitch, we’ve got to pass it. We’ve got to play,” he told the Leeds website.
“We’ve got to give them that licence and give them that responsibility. The more they do it, take heart from it and the more they get confidence from it, the more they’ll pick results up.”
A more confident team will also be more entertaining for Leeds United supporters to watch both home and away.
It’s important to remember that it’s a winning run of just one game and that came against Blackpool, who have been struggling for form all season long.
When the international break ends, Leeds will face an altogether different challenge with a match away at Blackburn Rovers.
At the same time as it’s encouraging that Redfearn wants the side to play open and attacking football, they have to be careful and guard against leaving themselves too open at the back where there is a little bit of inexperience.
Leeds like to press and pin sides into their own half and sooner or later, a team is going to work out how to counter attack them effectively and make the most of the space they leave in behind.
It’s a step in the right direction but there are going to be tests, twists and turns heading into a busy winter period where slick and entertaining football is going to be more difficult to play.