Brian Montenegro can be a key part of Leeds United's future success, says head coach Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn says he would like to keep Adryan, Brian Montenegro and Dario del Fabro at Leeds United.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has stated he wants three of the club's young loanees to stay long-term.

The 49-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds he sees them as part of a young core of players he wants to build his future around.

This includes Adryan, who has made 11 appearances but none since the turn of the year, and Brian Montenegro and Dario del Fabro, who have only started in the FA Cup defeat to Sunderland.

The case of Montenegro is particularly curious as he has the ability to play out wide on the left, a position where Leeds have struggled this season. Redfearn however insists he rates him highly along with his peers.

He said: "I'm hoping we're going to keep these young players, Montenegro, Adryan, Del Fabro, Dawson, Byram, Mowatt, Cook, these are going to be the players that make Leeds United great again.

"But like I said it'd be wrong of me, foolish of me, churlish of me to throw them in all at the same time because you are going to put them under immense pressure. The idea is to look after them and put them in a position they can really be prominent."

Redfearn has regularly been vocal in his assertion Championship experience is essential in the division, and with Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt establishing themselves as regulars, it makes it harder for the others to work their way in.

The head coach has seen Montenegro first hand not only in training and against Sunderland, but from his time working with the under-21s.

If the Paraguayan was worried his lack of first team football had failed to convince his boss that he was worthy of a permanent deal, he may now breathe a little easier. Redfearn knows what is expected in the Championship and clearly doesn't want to throw him in before he is ready, to detriment of himself and the team, but clearly sees talent in him and Dario de Fabro.

There was no mention of loanee Zac Benedicic who has been injured all season and been unable to show Redfearn, and Leeds what he is made of.

SkySports reported when Montenegro signed that Leeds have an option to sign him permanently, but he is not the only one.

As well as Adryan and Del Fabro, permanent deals for Sol Bamba will have to be reached, and if they impress, Edgar Cani and Granddi Ngoyi may also add to the cost, and whether Redfearn likes it or not, the forward's lack of first team football will count against Montenegro if finances get tight.

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