Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has revealed in the Yorkshire Evening Post what Chris Dawson needs to get a first team chance at the club.
Dawson has been on the fringes of the first team this season and Redfearn has given the midfielder a common sense message as he looks to get a first team shot.
“We have got a really talented group of young players and some are (currently) in and some are out, some around about it, some close,” said the boss.
“And Chris is close, he has just got to keep persevering.”
It’s a common sense message because it offers the player motivation.
If he feels he has a genuine chance of breaking into the first team at the club, he’s more likely to work hard on the training pitch.
It’s also important for a player like Dawson that he makes the most of his chances when he’s handed them, whatever level that comes at.
Dawson featured for the under-21 side against Sheffield United yesterday, as confirmed by the club’s academy Twitter feed, which is a platform he can use to further push and force his way into the first team.
What Redfearn may be waiting for with youngsters like Dawson and Kalvin Phillips is a little more breathing space.
The side is still under pressure in terms of the Championship table and not safe from being drawn back into that scrap just above the bottom three.
However, if the side can add to the three wins in their last four games, there’s no reason why they can’t get to mid-table and no reason for Redfearn not to give more youngsters a chance.