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Redfearn identifies factor that could turn talented teens into all-round stars

Neil Redfearn has been speaking about what Leeds United must do to improve.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been speaking about what his side needs to do if they want to ultimately earn promotion back to the Premier League.

Leeds were leading 1-0 and had a man-advantage against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday but they still slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park.

Souleymane Doukara put the Whites ahead but Jordan Rhodes equalised with 19 minutes to play. The hosts then went down to 10 men when Tom Cairney was sent off but Rhodes converted a late penalty to break Leeds hearts at the death.

The result was a bitter blow for Redfearn who had seen his side play some good football at a tough ground, and he has now urged the side to see out matches to ensure their campaign is as successful as possible.

In comments published by Leeds’ official website, Redfearn said, “We’ve got to get across the line.

“If we want to be successful and win things and get back in the Premier League, which we do, then these things are important.”

Leeds have a fine squad of players at their disposal and enviable young talent coming through, and it is the latter factor that could be significant in Leeds’ failure to see out some matches at this time.

When you consider the age of the likes of Alex Mowatt, Adryan and Lewis Cook, it is no surprise that more experienced midfields are managing to turn round fixtures that a more mature Leeds outfit could easily see out.

While there are considerable benefits in having such a young midfield, failing to hold on to leads is a costly downfall, but in working on it now Redfearn will turn his next generation into even better players; players who have both the talent and – just as importantly – the intelligence to ultimately play in the top flight.

It is the latter that will see Leeds remain there if and when they do get promoted, and in pointing it out so soon, Redfearn has clearly identified a key area of improvement that will ensure Leeds’ young players will have no time to revel in their burgeoning reputations and instead strive to improve further.

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