The main decision that Neil Redfearn deserves credit for

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Leeds United have trusted some of their longer-serving players to break them out of their slump in recent weeks.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn deserves great credit for helping to turn around their form of late, as he has shown a willingness to bring players in out of the cold.

Leeds have relied on the old guard to break them out of their slump, with the likes of Luke Murphy, Steve Morison, Scott Wootton and Rodolph Austin excelling in recent weeks. 

All four of them started the month looking as if they were heading for the door at Elland Road, with the Yorkshire Evening Post and the Daily Mail carrying exit rumours, but Redfearn has proven that he will never rule out a player. 

Indeed, on Tuesday night, Redfearn's faith in them paid dividends as the Whites picked up a hugely important three points against Bournemouth.

It was an impressive result, but it also hints that Leeds' squad wasn't too far away from being successful without their summer additions.

Massimo Cellino brought in 15 new recruits in the last transfer window, but the arrivals appear to have had a detrimental impact on the squad rather than helping them add quality. 

Against the Cherries, the only summer signings that were included in the Whites line-up were Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper. 

It is an indication that Redfearn could be moving towards playing with more proven Championship players in his side, rather than their Italian imports, and for this he deserves credit. 

At the moment, it would appear that things are looking up for Leeds and Redfearn can take most of the plaudits for that. 

It would have been easy to continue to avoid picking players whose reputations at Elland Road have taken a battering in recent times, but he risked the wrath of the fans and now has been rewarded by his players for his brave decision. 

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