The transfer ban at Leeds United makes several younger players more important for Neil Redfearn.
Leeds United’s January transfer embargo places head coach Neil Redfearn under pressure in terms of how he can freshen things up with his first team squad.
With Leeds restricted from spending cash and buying new players, the main choice for Redfearn is to dip into the club’s superb academy system, which he helped to create.
Leeds have one of the best youth systems in the country and there are some good youngsters Redfearn could throw into the side if he wants to freshen things up over the Christmas and New Year period.
Here are five who just became a lot more important to him.
Dawson has already been in and around the fringes of the first team. His problem is his slight frame, which means he can get bullied off the ball in midfield but his technique is superb.
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Has been a regular for the under-21 side since joining the club last summer. He could come into the squad and provide cover at the back if Jason Pearce, Liam Cooper or Giuseppe Bellusci face spells out of the team.
An 18-year-old who has already been very open and honest about his desire to play in the first team. He’s also spoken positively about his relationship with Redfearn, who will know when to step in and offer him some game time.
Another arrival from last summer. He’s been playing predominantly in the under-21 side but trained with the first team when Redfearn was in temporary charge of the team earlier this season. He offers something different up front.
Parkin was superb in a recent win for the club in the Premier League Cup against Leicester City. He showed good speed and intelligence to pop up in some dangerous attacking areas and could be used later in the season.