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Neil Redfearn suggests which Leeds teenager is pushing for a first team place

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has admitted that teenager Kalvin Phillips is pushing for a first team spot.

Leeds United have a strong tradition of bringing players through from their youth academy. During their Premier League days, Harry Kewell, Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Smith and Paul Robinson all emerged through the youth setup, and that has continued in recent years.

Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Carson, Danny Rose and Jonny Howson have all come through the Leeds ranks, and all have played Premier League football in recent years.

With Neil Redfearn now at the helm, there is an expectation that the former development squad manager will bring more teenagers into the first team.

The current Leeds first team contains Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, all of whom have impressed this season having been promoted to the first team, and now Redfearn says another could be on the way.

Youngster Kalvin Phillips has emerged as a promising player, and scored two unbelievable goals for the Leeds Under-21 side against Nottingham Forest this week.

With some considerable buzz about Phillips, Redfearn admits that he is knocking on the door for a first team place, along with fellow youngster Alex Purver.

"Yes [he's pushing to be involved]", Redfearn told LUTV. "The good thing is there's light for these boys now and they can see that. And they're capable."

"Kalvin Phillips is a prime example. Alex Purver's got a squad number now and there's light for these lads at the end of the tunnel because they are capable," he added.

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