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Leeds boss Redfearn raves about performances of Adryan and co for under-21s

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn was delighted with the under-21 team's attacking against Huddersfield.

Leeds United's under-21 side recorded a dominant 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Monday which had head coach Neil Redfearn thrilled.

Redfearn was the former academy boss and he was in attendance as several young players on the fringes of the first team staked their claims for involvement.

The head coach saw Lewis Coyle and Kalvin Phillips put in strong performances, having made the bench against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

It was the attackers, including Brazilian loanee Adryan, who Redfearn was particularly impressed by.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "Kalvin was on bench Saturday, he's been in my thinking for a while now. Alex Purver with him, played well, little Dawson, Adryan, Walts, Brian, all of it just looked polished. They are developing into really good players.

"We know we've got talented young players but today they showed how good they are. We played so well, and it bodes well for the future."

Adryan, on loan from Flamengo, was a substitute in the recent 3-2 loss to Watford, but did not make the match day 18 against Wigan.

Getting regular football with the under-21s is clearly giving him a chance however to impress his boss, likewise with fellow loanee Brian Montenegro, who has barely had a look in.

The problem for them is the competition for places in attack is high at present, with a lot of players battling for similar positions, despite deficiencies in the squad on the wing and a lack of cover in central midfield.

Games like Monday's will do more to convince Redfearn that some of the players who starred are ready to make the step up, in need of a bigger challenge, and if that does come this weekend it won't be much bigger at Championship level than the match against Dougie Freedman's in form Nottingham Forest side at Elland Road.

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