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Leeds boss Redfearn discusses mixed messages on transfers with chairman Umbers

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn was asked about the club's chances of bringing players in one again.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn was asked by BBC Radio Leeds about the mixed messages coming from the club regarding loan transfers.

In his pre-game press conference ahead of the win over Ipswich Town, the head coach had explained to the same source that he was hopeful of bringing in new players to the club.

Yet just hours later, new chairman Andrew Umbers had signified there will be no additions before the loan deadline on March 19th, telling the station: "Any strengthening of the squad will be done in early Summer and for the benefit of the longer term."

Redfearn and Umbers appeared not to be in sync, and the boss was quizzed about it after last night's 2-1 win at Elland Road.

He said: "We're at where we're at. I'm only part of the chain. I'm asked to recommend players, who can do us a job at Championship level and perhaps be better than what we've got, so I give them a list then its up to the powers that be.

"If they want to bring them in, they bring them in, if they don't they don't."

Leeds' win last night was yet another impressive victory over a promotion chasing side, following up victories against Derby, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough this campaign.

Yet the way they did it was as much of a cry for help as Redfearn could possibly have given. The team had six defenders, with four centre-backs in the back four and two full-backs on the wing.

Rudolph Austin's injury re-emphasises a need for midfielders and their lack of width is well known. The lack of options is also placing pressure on teenagers Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, and that in itself is something the club need to avoid for their long-term development.

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