Neil Redfearn has held his weekly press conference at Thorp Arch.
Leeds United take on Birmingham City this weekend, still looking for their first win since defeating Derby County in November.
Ahead of the game at Elland Road this Saturday manager Neil Redfearn has held a press conference at Thorp Arch today, taking on various topics from the media.
Of course one of the major topics for discussion was always going to be transfer news, including the departure of captain Stephen Warnock.
The former England international joined Championship rivals Derby County earlier in the day and with his departure came the end of his captaincy at Leeds.
In recent weeks he has been injured anyway, and the most recent captain has been Liam Cooper. The defender now looks set to take the role on permanently in Warnock's absence, with Redfearn stating:
Redfearn describes Liam Cooper as "captain material" - "He's shown that leadership quality in his performances since coming in." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 15, 2015
Redfearn has thrown up some surprise selections in recent games. Against Bolton last weekend he gave Steve Morison a start and playing Sam Byram in an advanced attacking position. In doing so he left the likes of Souleymane Doukara and Adryan out of the team, but he has praised their attitude in his press conference:
Redfearn praises the response of both Doukara & Adryan after missing out at Bolton: "They're young & they're still learning." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 15, 2015
He went on to discuss transfer stories involving the club. He confirmed that Leeds needed to sign players and that they were in the process of working through some deals, but that focus was now shifting toward the Birmingham game this weekend:
Redfearn on potential transfers: "We need to bring players in, that's a fact. We've identified positions." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 15, 2015
Redfearn: "Whatever's happening around the football club, come 3pm on Saturday, the game is the most important thing." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 15, 2015
Finally, he signed out with a message to the long-suffering Leeds fans, stating: