Redfearn on difficulties picking his Leeds starting XI vs Blackburn

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn is happy with the competition in his squad.

Neil Redfearn says that he has already picked the Leeds United team who will face Blackburn Rovers this Saturday, but that it was not straightforward. 

The Whites boss has had plenty of time to contemplate who should be in his starting line-up, after a two week break from club football, and it seems that he has settled on a first-choice eleven for the weekend.

Redfearn admits that is has not been a easy decision for him to make, but he is pleased with the competition developing in the squad. 

“It’s been a difficult decision but I’ve got a good idea in my mind (who will start)," the Yorkshire Evening Post quote him as saying in his press conference today. 

“It’s a good situation to have. It’s healthy.”

One of the biggest dilemmas that Redfearn will face this Saturday is who to pick at centre-back.

Jason Pearce looks a definite starter, but Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci are likely to compete for a place alongside him.

Bellusci was suspended for Leeds' last game against Blackpool, where Cooper excelled, even getting on the scoresheet during the 3-1 victory, but he has impressed previously. 

Elsewhere, the team seems to be picking itself and there are no fresh injuries concerns for the manager to have to worry about. 

Despite having a full-strength squad Leeds will have to beat at their best to beat Blackburn Rovers. 

Gary Bowyer's men have been in fine form this season and have emerged as promotion contenders in the division. 

There is a slight feeling of trepidation of the fixture at Leeds, but Redfearn insists that there shouldn't be and he wants teams to start fearing his side in the near future. 

"We’ve got to get ourselves into a position where we’re more consistent and we’re more thorough in what we do so that Blackburn look at it and think, ‘ooo, we’ve got Leeds Saturday,’ he explained. 

“So Ipswich think ‘ooo, we’ve got Leeds Saturday, so that Derby think ‘we’ve got Leeds Saturday, I don’t fancy going there.

“This is what we’ve got to do and we’ve got to make them think about us."

Leeds will be backed by nearly 7,000 fans at Ewood Park this Saturday, so there promises to be a raucous atmosphere if the team are able to pick up a result. 

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