Leeds boss Redfearn speaks out on Scott Wootton's display and future

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Scott Wootton made a surprise appearance for Leeds against Birmingham.

Leeds United head coach has given Scott Wootton his backing, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after his display against Birmingham.

The defender was a surprise addition at right-back having been selected with Gaetano Berardi injured.

Wootton's last game for Leeds came back in August, playing six games on loan at Rotherham United in between.

Redfearn felt pleased with the 23-year-old's display, and said he could not rule out the previously out-of favour defender staying at the club.

He said: "Scott doesn't let you down. He played in first game I had when I was caretaker against Bolton which we won and kept a clean sheet and I thought he looked solid and assured today.

"He might be another one who is finding his feet. The doors are open (here). I've got time for all these players, I've told them that."

Wootton is not the only one to make an unlikely return to the first team picture, with the club's equaliser scored by Luke Murphy, who has himself barely featured this season, while Steve Morison who started up front was at one stage the fourth choice forward.

Wootton has been linked with a return to Rotherham United permanently, with Millers boss Steve Evans quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post this week stating Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had blocked a deal.

If Redfearn can find a use for Wootton to help them climb the league table, keeping him around could prove the right decision.

Redfearn added speaking to BBC Radio Leeds that Berardi's hamstring injury was not serious and he could be back in contention for the midweek home game against Bournemouth.

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