Leeds United star Sam Byram has praise for Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook

Elland Road Revie Stand

The three young talents were rested for the Sunderland FA Cup tie at the weekend.

Leeds United are tasked with defeating Bolton Wanderers this afternoon, who have been in good form under the management of the new boss Neil Lennon.

Leeds lost their recent FA Cup tie against Sunderland 1-0, after a goal from Patrick van Aanholt. But the performance left Neil Redfearn with plenty to be excited about after some impressive spells against the Premier League club.

Leeds fans will also be pleased that they performed so well with several big names rested, including their top academy talents.

Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt were all rested for the game and this trio represent the future of Leeds.

Now they need them to perform in the present, as Leeds look to bounce back against Bolton today - after six games without a win.

And one of the trio is not happy to take the rest when it is offered. Right-back Byram has been speaking to the Leeds site today about the game, expressing his disappointment at being rested for the game but also expressing that he understood the managers decision. He also had kind words for his two fellow young stars:

“It was disappointing on a personal note. It is always nice to play against Premier League sides and especially at a ground I haven’t been to before.

“It was disappointing not to play but it gave the players that haven’t had much game time the chance to get their fitness, get a game and ultimately challenge for places.

“With football you have got to be mentally strong. And both Alex and Lewis have got that. But every now and again you need a rest from it all because you can get a lot of pressure put on you, especially with us not having the best run of form.

“So it was probably good to be brought out for a couple of days.”

The Leeds boss has explained the decision as well. Neil Redfearn, speaking to the website, says the decision has paid off because the three players are now ready to prove a point against The Trotters:

"We’ve relied on them heavily, they haven’t missed much football.

"It’s a lot to ask of young boys to carry the weight of such a big club, but I think they’ve done really well.

"I think they needed a rest, along with a couple of others, but they’re at that point now where they’re chomping at the bit to come back in."

Leeds fans hope that the gamble has paid off, and the young trio can guide Leeds to victory this afternoon.

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