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Redfearn admits dilemma over Leeds centre back pairing - who should start?

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Leeds boss Neil Redfearn says he's unsure which defensive partnership he will use against Blackburn Rovers.

Leeds United are already onto their third permanent manager of the season, with Neil Redfearn taking permanent charge earlier this month.

Redfearn has so far won once, drawn once and lost once from his first three games in the Elland Road hot seat, defeating Blackpool 3-1 in their last game before the international break.

In that game, Leeds were forced to use Jason Pearce and Liam Cooper at centre back after Giuseppe Bellusci was hit with a suspension, and that came just days after Pearce was out suspended, meaning Bellusci and Cooper started in the heart of the Leeds defence.

The constant chopping and changing doesn't really seem to be harming Leeds, but Redfearn does now have a dilemma on his hands as all three centre backs are available to face Blackburn Rovers next weekend.

Pearce is club captain and a pillar of the Leeds defence, whilst Bellusci and Cooper were summer signings, who will be knocking on the door for first team football - and Redfearn knows that the competition for places is intense.

"Yes [I've got a dilemma, but] it's healthy, there's competition for places", Redfearn said. "I thought we defended well in the game against Blackpool. I thought we used the ball well from the back. We came under a little bit of pressure at the end.

"The competition is there, but it's healthy competition", he added.

Redfearn's comments do suggest that Cooper and Pearce could keep their places having impressed against Blackpool, but leaving out Bellusci - a former Italy Under-21 international - could be hard for Redfearn to do.

Pearce's captaincy means that he will expect to start, which could leave it between Bellusci and Cooper for the final spot, barring a shock tactical switch from Redfearn.

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