Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post there’s a competition going on at the club between the younger players.
Leeds have some of the best young players in the Football League and Redfearn has suggested he’s excited by the standard and level of competition as they compete against each other for attention.
“He’s (Charlie Taylor) good enough for the Championship and he’s shoulder-to-shoulder with the other young lads. It becomes a bit of a competition. They’re pushing each other to play well,” said Redfearn.
The comments are encouraging for Leeds for a number of reasons but predominantly because they create a higher standard.
Any club which has players competing to try and outperform each other will benefit because as they compete, they also help to raise each other’s standards.
Leeds have several young players who are becoming important in their positions; Charlie Taylor, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Luke Murphy to name just a few.
If they find ways to develop competing against each other as well as working with their manager and the coaches at the club, Leeds are going to have a very strong spine and core of players over the next couple of seasons.
The only time Redfearn would have to step in is if the healthy competition starts to turn a bit sour, or if players let their heads drop when they fall out of the team, but he’s a perfect judge of character in younger players which comes from his time working with the club’s academy.