Massimo Cellino has told Simon Austin in an exclusive interview what he feels are the main reasons behind the good recent form of the Leeds United first team.
Neil Redfearn deserves a pat on the back for the impressive way he dragged the side up the table and Cellino feels the youngsters in the team have been integral to the change in fortunes.
“The team is doing quite well, yes. It’s the young players who are responsible for that," he said.
“Mowatt, Cook, Byram, Taylor – they are fantastic young players, they are the future of Leeds. I have always said that.”
Leeds arguably have the best youth system in the country because few other big clubs in the Premier League or Football League, get near them in terms of academy products playing in the first team.
The experience they are all accumulating at the moment is vital and will definitely improve and develop them looking ahead to next season.
Redfearn has adopted a great approach with all of them, which is one of the reasons they have been so effective.
He knows when to expose them to the pressure and leave them alone and when to protect them from the attention.
The biggest benefit they represent for Leeds is continuity because they allow the manager to be consistent with his team selection.
They give the boss a strong spine running through his team, which he can tweak and make subtle changes to.
Any side that has a number of players who can play for a long time and are used to playing together is onto a winning formula.
Fingers crossed they all stay injury free and that the club can keep all of them beyond this season.