Redfearn picks three Derby stars as biggest threats to Leeds

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has praised the strength of Derby County's team.

Neil Redfearn has picked out Jordon Ibe, Will Hughes and Chris Martin as the biggest threats to Leeds United on Saturday.

The Derby County trio are all excellent players at Championship level and have been some of the Rams' key performers this season.

Redfearn has recognised the damage they can do if they are given space to play in, and he insists that the Whites will be wary of their abilities. 

"The boy Jordon Ibe who has come in from Liverpool is going to be a threat if he plays from the left," Redfearn told Leeds's official site.

"Then there’s people like Will Hughes, these are outstanding young players. Then Chris Martin is central to everything they do. The ball goes into Martin and they get runners off him. They’re a dangerous side."

Derby are currently the front-runners in the Championship, and Leeds face a massive challenge if they are to get anything out of the fixture.

The Yorkshire side have been on awful form and have won just once in their last 10 games, meaning turning things around in this particular match seems unlikely.

However, the side have improved under Redfearn and are starting to show signs that they may be edging closer to getting back to their best. 

Their last fixture at Elland Road ended up in a 3-1 win over Blackpool, and they were unfortunate to slip to defeat against Blackburn Rovers on the road last weekend.

Leeds will have to be at the very top of the game if they are to stop a Derby side who have been sensational recently, though. 

Steve McClaren's men have won their last three fixtures, scoring 10 goals in the process, and they will be full of confidence, as a result. 

Redfearn, though, is determined not to focus too heavily on the strengths of Leeds's opposition, and he insists that the Whites have enough quality to create a contest of the match. 

"I’m more interested in us, I’m more interested in what we do and how we perform because we’re trying to build on things," he stated.

"We’re trying to build on performances, we’re trying to get results and if we can play anything like we have been playing in the last few games, it’ll be a good game."

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