Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has explained his plans for players still at the club during the international break, via the club’s website.
The quality and standard of the Leeds youth ranks sees some important first team players heading off to play for England’s youth teams and while that’s impressive, a number of first team players remain at the training ground for the next two weeks.
“We are going to give the players a little breather because they have put a real shift in. There are one or two carrying knocks, bumps and bruises and it is important that they use this time to recover,” said the boss.
“We’ll have the lads in during the break and once next weekend is out of the way we’ll be back to a normal week where we’ll be planning for Blackburn.”
Leeds have been in superb form since the turn of the year, playing a high number of matches with a centralised squad of players.
The strains and pressures over the squad have been huge and the next two weeks represents a chance for the team to collectively charge their batteries before going hard over the rest of the season.
It’s also a good chance for Redfearn to spend more time on working on Leeds tactics, as well as reviewing the standard of the club’s youth ranks and talking to the next set of youngsters who might be about to walk into the first team.
It’s going to be a challenge for Redfearn to motivate the squad because the club are safe from the drop and don’t have a chance of breaking into the top six, but it’s one he should rise to.