The international break has enabled Redfearn to put more time into studying the youth team ranks than would previously have been the case, but Blunt has explained the boss has a good grip over what’s going on at all levels.
“He’s in and around everything - That is what makes it a good thing; he wants to know how the under-18s have got on, the under-21s and speaks about the younger kids throughout,” said Blunt.
“I think it rubs off on the kids because they know he cares. It is not just Redders, but the whole staff.”
Redfearn’s passion and attention to detail with the youth ranks at Leeds United can be easily explained.
He was previously the head of the academy system before he became manager of the first team and he is one of the main reasons that so many productive players have forced their way into the side since he’s been in charge.
The message he’s given the younger players is a superb one because they know if they work hard enough and perform in development games, they’ll get a chance in the first team.
If Redfearn was the sort of manager who neglected the youth team ranks and relied on a constant supply of signings to improve the team, the youngsters would have no motivation and performance levels would dip as a result.
As long as he maintains the care and attention he has always shown to the youth ranks, the supply line of capable youngsters will be both constant and sustainable.