Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has detailed how the older players in his squad have taken to being challenged by a variety of talented youngsters.
Leeds have arguably the best youth system in the country, which has supplied several players for first team selection in the Championship, which is one of Europe’s most watched and most competitive leagues.
Therefore, it’s easy to see why older players may take preference at the club, but Redfearn has detailed it’s the opposite, with the competition for places being embraced by the older players in the side.
“The good thing that is happening is that the young ones are providing healthy competition. I think to be fair to the seniors in the squad, they have embraced it,” Redfearn is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“They know the kids are decent and whatever kids have been in and around the squad, they have been accepted.”
“I think that is a really good trait for the seniors to have as they know they have got to compete now.”
At other clubs, older players may have reacted differently, trying to push the younger players down a notch to protect their own positions in the side.
However, these comments are extremely positive for Leeds because it’s more motivating for younger players at Elland Road to work hard, if they feel they have a better and realistic chance of getting into the first team.
It’s also important to point out that often the senior players have a chance to see what the youngsters are all about before they start competing for places in the first team.
Occasionally older players drop down into the youth team ranks with the under-21 side, while Redfearn has frequently encouraged younger players to train with the first team to build up their fitness and get experience of the commitment levels required in the first team ranks.
It’s difficult to find a downside to these latest quotes from the boss.