Neil Redfearn has suggested that Leeds United's youngsters are going to get first-team acton before the close of the season.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has suggested to the Yorkshire Post that a number of the club's academy stars could be handed first-team action before the end of the campaign.
Leeds look destined for a mid-table finish in the Championship and Redfearn has expressed a desire to use the rest of the season as an opportunity to blood some of his younger prospects.
The 49-year-old boss says that he won't allow any of Leeds' players to leave on loan as he wants them to be available for selection.
"I’m reluctant to take these lads away from the 21s completely, at least this season," he said. "It might be that we use some of them in the first team ourselves.”
In this piece we take a look at three of the players that Redfearn may be thinking about calling up.
The attacker has been in fine form for Leeds' development squad and he is surely in line for a debut before the end of the campaign.
Redfearn has already stated in the Yorkshire Post that he would have no worries about Phillips coping with the step-up to Championship football and he looks likely to be brought into the team soon.
Regarded as one of Leeds' most exciting talents, Dawson was handed his debut for the senior side at the back end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Since, he has not been able to stay in first-team contention, but he will be hoping to prove that he has bulked up if given another shot.
Dawson was a lightweight figure when originally called up, but he is a year older now and should be more than capable of coping at senior level.
Another of Leeds' exciting striking talents, Walters has been a regular scorer when playing for the club's development side.
The youngster's progress was hampered by injury earlier in the campaign, but he is fully fit now and will be hoping that Redfearn gives him his first-chance.