Leeds United boss praises progress of Lewie Coyle and Ross Killock

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Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn was particularly impressed with the performances of two of the club's young defenders for the under-21s this week.

The talent conveyor belt at Leeds United's academy is showing no signs of slowing down. The club's under-21 side demolished Huddersfield 5-0 this week in front of watching head coach Neil Redfearn.

The boss told BBC Radio Leeds he was delighted with performances from many of his players, but as well as focusing on his attackers, he spoke highly of two particular defenders.

One on Redfearn's radar was right-back Lewie Coyle, whose game he feels makes him an intriguing prospect for potential first team involvement in the future.

He told Adam Pope after the 5-0 win: "He is competitive, aggressive, but he can play. He understands his position, gets in the final third a lot, and he gives us good quality. He's another one whose game understanding is really good."

Redfearn's comments sound like he is full of confidence in the defender, and would have few qualms about playing him in the Championship if injuries left the club short of options.

In his path at present are Scott Wootton and Gaetano Berardi who can play the position, and of course Sam Byram if he moves back from the wing. Long-term, a right flank of Coyle and Byram could just be the future if the pair continue their development.

Redfearn was also impressed with centre-back Ross Killock, who has recently returned from a loan spell at Halifax Town.

He said: "I like Ross Killock, he's got pace he can get put of trouble. He's a beautiful build for a centre-half, 6ft 2", he can pass, he can play.

"He can defend, he's solid enough. He's played at a tough tough level at conference, and I think he's benefited from it."

The head coach also praised loanee Dario del Fabro, who scored in the win, and the strength in depth at the position makes the decision to cash in on Jason Pearce in January a shrewd one.

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