Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been given the luxury of being able to take a slight step back and review things at his club during the international break.
Leeds have some of their best young players away from the side with various international age groups, leaving the manager to work with the players still at the club, attempting to keep them motivated ahead of the next game against Blackburn Rovers.
Here are five international break talking points for the manager.
Should I be worried about my players?
Redfearn may be a little concerned over the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt because of how important they have become to his first team.
There is the obvious threat of injury to any Leeds players away from the club playing extra games, but the boss has to trust England officials to use his key players in the right way and return them to the club safely.
How do I keep my players motivated?
It’s difficult for the boss because there isn’t the pressure of an imminent fixture hanging over the side. However, Leeds still have plenty to play for and the boss will want his team to show him why they deserve to be in the side ahead of absent players.
What do we need to work on?
Two goals conceded in March and just four points dropped in total suggests there is plenty for Redfearn to be positive about at the moment.
However, he won’t be content to stand back and watch his side meander on in training. He may not be happy the side failed to beat Blackpool last weekend and Blackburn are doing well in the top half of the table.
There are no excuses heading into the next game.
Time to start planning for the future
With no game just around the corner, Redfearn can afford to spend a little more time looking at the transfer market.
The loan deadline arrives tomorrow, but the boss may be looking further ahead to the summer and identifying who he wants to bring in and who he wants to let go in key areas of the team.
What about my own position?
Redfearn’s contract is set to be reviewed at the end of the season, potentially coinciding with the return of Massimo Cellino.
He’s giving himself the best possible chance of staying in his current job and earning a longer contract, which will allow him to continue the good work he’s doing with the club at all levels.