Yorkshire latest: Redfearn hails 'different class' Leeds youngsters; Helan still learning

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Redfearn confirms faith in youngsters

Neil Redfearn may have already brought in a number of Leeds United's academy products to the first team, but it seems that more could be ready to make the step up soon. 

The Whites boss was a keen onlooker as Leeds beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League Cup and he was clearly impressed by what he saw.

"I went to watch the Under-21s at Leicester on Tuesday and they were a different class," he said to Leeds' official site. "They’re pushing so the seniors are under pressure, which is good."

Helan still learning

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray says that Jeremy Helan is still adapting to his new role in the team. 

The Frenchman has been played at left-back for a number of games this season and there are still areas that he needs to develop before becoming the finished product, according to Gray. 

"We’ve converted him from a left winger to a left back," he told the Sheffield Telegraph. "It’s a learning curve for Jeremy. What he probably needs to learn is the reading of the game so he’s not going flat out all the time.”

Harris confident

Sheffield United defender Bob Harris believes that the club have made good progress under Nigel Clough. 

The Blades boss still has some work to do to win over the entirety of the fan-base at Bramall Lane, but Harris feels he is doing a good job. 

“Since the gaffer has come in there’s been a massive turnaround here,” Harris said to the Sheffield Telegraph. “Look at the league position from then to now.

“No matter who we play, we are confident of beating them."

Evans on transitional period

Rotherham United's rapid progression up the leagues appears to finally have caught up with them. 

The Millers have achieved back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship, but they have struggled more recently, and Steve Evans feels that they are in a transitional phase. 

“We may tweak it a little bit in terms of the shape within that team but the style of play will be the same,” Evans told the South Yorkshire Times.

“We’re in this little period of evolution where we’re becoming a Championship club compared to a club that can muscle people out in League One and League Two.

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