Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn is facing some tough decisions looking ahead to the summer.
It would be a bizarre turn of events if Neil Redfearn is not the Leeds United manager looking ahead to next season.
Redfearn has done a brilliant job since he came into the position of first team coach, developing a side, which has a number of impressive youngsters competing for first team football.
Redfearn has been open about the possibility of new signings this summer and it will be interesting if he tweaks things with his midfield and attack.
There’s value in Redfearn not really changing too much in this area.
He’s got a good trio of youngsters in Lewis Cook, Luke Murphy and Alex Mowatt, who tick several boxes in terms of what they offer.
They also have the experience and physical edge provided by Rodolph Austin if he can stay fit and injury free.
Redfearn could urge Leeds to sign an extra body in midfield, but consider the talent already there and the options in the academy, there would only be back up coming into the team.
A.Winger would be a great signing for Leeds.
There is a need for extra bodies in wide areas, but it’s difficult to predict who Redfearn might approach, with sides wary of making the names of available players common knowledge before the end of a season.
Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor have both done well in advanced wide roles and in the case of the former, Redfearn could certainly keep him in the midfield mix up.
Nicky Ajose has been having a great season with Crewe and could well get a chance.
In terms of attack, the boss has different options in Steve Morison, Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci.
Sharp is the best suited to the team when Leeds play a pure brand of football, while the other two options both have a greater physical presence.
Steve Morison’s struggles in terms of physically scoring goals this season will probably see him slip out of contention.
Prediction: Austin, Cook, Mowatt, Ajose, A. Winger, Sharp