Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor has said that manager Neil Redfearn believes in him.
The 21-year-old left-back has struggled for playing time so far this season, but he was included in the Whites’ squad for the FA Cup third-round tie against Sunderland away from home on Sunday.
In fact, the youngster actually started the match and played the entire 90 minutes in the absence of the injured Stephen Warnock.
Ahead of the game, Taylor explained how important Redfearn is for him and why he is confident of getting chances as the season progresses.
“Neil has spoken to the chairman about me and I think he believes in me and he had me since I was 16, so knows all about me,” The Yorkshire Evening Post quotes him as saying. “He has been very important…
“Young players are getting a chance and the lads that have played such as Cookie, Sam and Alex have done brilliant and been our best players.
“It gives all of the young lads confidence that if they do get a chance, then if they are good enough, they will play.
“Neil has tried to keep people feeling positive and I have had a few chats with him over the last couple of months and he has been telling me to stick at it and that my chance will come. He is like that with everyone and tried to get everybody involved as much as he can.”
Taylor’s comments highlight how Redfearn has been managing his players during these difficult times when the team is fighting against relegation.
Leeds have a large squad with many of the players simply not good enough, but it seems that Redfearn is keen on maintaining the confidence of everyone.
This is going to be crucial in the coming weeks as Leeds face further challenge to avoid dropping into the bottom three.
A harmonious squad is always going to overcome the problems, and Redfearn seems to have got that team spirit among his players.