Will Redfearn's appointment help Leeds United fend off circling clubs?

Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram are more likely to stay with Leeds United with Neil Redfearn as head coach.

Redfearn was appointed on a full-time basis in charge of Leeds following the sacking of Darko Milanic last month.

He has more points from three games - four - than former Slovenian international Milanic accrued in his 32-day, six-game reign, and on-pitch performances are improving on a game-by-game basis - with the showing in the 3-1 victory over Blackpool undoubtedly the best football seen at Elland Road for a number of years.

Fans are praising Massimo Cellino for finally listening to reason and appointing Redfearn - with many claiming he should have taken charge before Milanic - with the former Academy coach coaxing game winning performances from a number of his former youth players. Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have cemented their first-team places this season, despite their young ages, and Sam Byram has found a return to form that had deserted him at the close of last season.

However, with increased form comes increased media presence, and Mowatt’s two-goal haul against Charlton saw him called-up to the England Under-20’s, and become the subject of Premier League transfer speculation. A number of clubs are said to be tracking the young midfielder, whilst Byram was the target of a series of bids by Southampton over the summer transfer window.

Under many regimes, Leeds would be looking to sell their star talents to fund their recovery from the likely punishments brought on from failing Financial Fair Play, but, with Redfearn in charge, the Yorkshire club may just be looking to keep the youngsters.

With the young former Academy men central to his plans, Redfearn can use his familiarity with them to convince them to stay at Elland Road, whereas Milanic would have no sentimental reason to keep them on the Leeds books. He has no fears about including them in the first-team set-up, and he has surely convinced the likes of Mowatt and Cook that opportunities for consistent game time will be more forthcoming at Elland Road than anywhere else.

Cellino has admitted that the club will be struck by FFP, but he appears to have trust in Redfearn’s opinion, and he would do well to listen to the head coach concerning transfers, despite his willingness to act as a director of football, signing who he wants without thinking about the football aspect.

Redfearn has already had an on pitch effect, but his largest job as Leeds manager will surely come in January, as Premier League clubs look to claim the highly rated youngsters as their own. However, his affinity for the club, and the player’s apparent affinity for him, could be the key in keeping them, and building a new Leeds dynasty around the former Academy prospects.

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