Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn believes that trusting youth-players this season will benefit their development in the long-term.
Neil Redfearn believes that Leeds United's academy-products need to grow into their new roles as regular starters in the senior squad.
Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram have all made the step-up from the club's youth-team to become first-team regulars at Elland Road and Redfearn wants them to prove they are ready for the increased responsibility given to them.
Leeds are looking to entrust their youngsters to push the side forward this season, with the trio of academy products looking some of their finest prospects to come through in recent times.
It means that Leeds have a youthful feel to their starting line-up, but Redfearn insists that they will benefit from being thrown in at the deep end.
"There’s a lot of young players in there – Cook, Mowatt, Byram and people like that," the Leeds boss told the club's official site. "They’re going to have to grow with it. It’ll make them better players."
The inexperience of the Whites' starting line-up was particularly evident this weekend, as they throw away a lead against Ipswich Town.
Leeds had scored an early goal against the Championship high-flyers, but they capitulated after going in-front and crashed to a 4-1 defeat.
It was a result which has dented confidence at the Yorkshire side somewhat, after a brilliant win against Derby County in the previous weekend.
"I think this season is going to be one of those sorts of seasons," Redfearn admitted. "It’s a stop-start sort of season.
"It’s in the infancy of its growth. We’ve had a lot of players come together, it’s a very young side."