Leicester outcast is ideal Leeds loan addition for Redfearn's tactical wish

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Leeds boss Neil Redfearn hinted last week that he wants a winger, and Anthony Knockaert should certainly be considered.

After the early season chaos under the ownership of Massimo Cellino, things seem to have settled down at Leeds United in recent weeks.

Cellino's first appointment, David Hockaday lasted just 70 days before being sacked at the end of August, and his replacement Darko Milanic was dispatched having failed to win any of his six games in charge.

Finally, at the start of November, Cellino took the decision to appoint Neil Redfearn as the club's permanent manager, after the former Barnsley midfielder impressed in caretaker charge of the club following Hockaday's exit.

Now calling the shots in the Leeds dugout, Redfeard has one won, drawn one and lost one of his first three games, but has already alluded to a potential tactical change under his stewardship.

"We haven't really got any genuine wingers within the squad. 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," Redfearn said last week.

"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 the loan deadline set to arrive in two weeks, Redfearn needs to decide how important signing a new winger is to his plans.

If he believes that he still needs one in order to have tactical flexibility in his ranks, then Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert should be an option for him.

The Frenchman starred in the Championship last season, tallying five goals and five assists as he helped the Foxes claim the Championship crown.

Now though, he's played just 93 minutes of Premier League football, bizarrely slipping down the pecking order under Nigel Pearson.

A loan move to Nottingham Forest was in the pipeline last month, but Stuart Pearce chose Thomas Ince instead, leave Knockaert on the sidelines at the King Power Stadium.

The 22-year-old offers attributes that Redfearn is looking - pace, skill and direction, whilst he's also left footed - offering balance if Redfearn wants to use the right footed Adryan out wide too.

Leicester seem willing to let Knockaert leave, and if Redfearn is serious about bringing a winger in, the Frenchman should certainly be on his radar.

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