The one key area Redfearn is yet to improve at Leeds

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United have improved immeasurably under Neil Redfearn.

Neil Redfearn was appointed head coach of Leeds on a permanent basis in November 2014, steadying the ship that had been previously led by Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic.

The Yorkshire club have improved immeasurably since then, moving well away from the relegation places and into a mid-table position. They are too far off the play-offs to make a late season push, but, with a young team being built and Redfearn in charge, next season may be the one when the Whites push on for a return to the Premier League.

The football has become more impressive to watch, and there is now a sense of strength around Elland Road that was absent under the two previous regimes. Redfearn has been the main reason for that, and he should take all the credit.

However, there is still an area that he has not improved the club in - for better or for worse.

With 75 yellow and four red cards in 37 games this term, Leeds have become the most undisciplined team in the entire Championship. In Giuseppe Bellusci they have one of four players to have received two red cards this season, whilst the Italian also sits joint top of the yellow card table - on 11.

There is a question of whether having a poor disciplinary record is actually a boost or a hindrance to the side, with the loss of players counteracting the ‘dirty’ team image that would make the opposition fear facing you.

For Leeds, their improvement under Redfearn suggests that having the poor discipline is helping them, and this ties into the new-found fear of Leeds that many have gained after their poor start to the season.

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