Leeds United youngsters Phillips, Dawson and Montenegro deserve first-team chance

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Plenty of young Leeds United players have been given a chance this season but Kalvin Phillips, Chris Dawson and Brian Montenegro could be next.

Leeds United have shown they are not afraid to play young players if they are good enough and that mentality has been rewarded with some fine showings from the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Adryan.

But there are a number of other young players who could be closing in on a first-team place, one of whom has only recently been championed by Leeds boss Neil Redfearn.

Here we take a look at the three Leeds youngsters most deserving of a shot in the weeks and months ahead:

Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips has made the headlines in recent days after Redfearn said he was “knocking on the door” of the Leeds first-team.

The 18-year-old scored two great goals in the under-21s’ 3-3 draw with their Nottingham Forest counterparts last week and he could soon get a chance under a boss who knows him extremely well.

Brian Montenegro

Brian Montenegro can count himself unlucky not to have had more chances for Leeds following some great performances for the under-21s. He is a natural goal-scorer but up until now he has played just three minutes of Championship football.

That said, both substitute appearances came in recent weeks so Redfearn could be looking to use him more over the busy festive period.

Chris Dawson

Chris Dawson made his second ever appearances for Leeds’ first-team earlier this season, coming off the bench for the final 22 minutes of their match against Cardiff City. But that has been his only experience with the senior side all season.

As with Montenegro the 20-year-old midfielder has been back on the bench since Redfearn took permanent charge and his performances for the under-21s justify that inclusion.

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