Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn explained to BBC Radio Leeds his main reservation with the young players away on international duty.
While it’s undoubtedly evidence that Leeds are doing something right with the way they develop youngsters, he feels that the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt could have done with a rest over the course of the international break.
“The thing is they’re important to us and they haven’t missed much football this season and it’s a tough old campaign,” said Redfearn.
“We’ve been playing catch up for most of the season and it takes it out of you physically and mentally. I thought the lads could have done with a break.”
Leeds have a very young side and the strain on them is huge considering the pressure of playing for such a big club on a weekly basis in a very competitive division.
They are fit and committed young man but there is always the worry and risk of burnout developing towards the end of a very long season.
Redfearn could dip back into the youth ranks over the closing stages of the season to produce someone who can come through, give him an option and allow him the luxury of being able to rest someone.
Chris Dawson is a good example, but the boss will also want Cook, Mowatt, Luke Murphy and others to maintain the form they have shown for the team throughout the season.
Hopefully all of the players on international duty away from the club can now get their heads down and work hard to ensure that they return in form and in good condition.