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Jason Blunt on Leeds United prospect Chris Dawson

Leeds United academy coach Jason Blunt says that Chris Dawson needs to be patient.

Leeds United academy coach Jason Blunt has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that Chris Dawson needs to be patient.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been in and out of the Leeds first team this season, having been able to make only two appearances in the Championship.

Dawson made his breakthrough in the first team back in 2013, but a shoulder injury and competition for places have impeded his progress.

Blunt has now advised the Wales Under-21 international to remain patient and wait for his chance.

“Daws has been in and out and shown what he is capable of doing,” Blunt told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “He will be patient and I am sure he will get another opportunity…

“Maybe Daws has found it difficult not being in sometimes, but Redders (head coach Neil Redfearn) and the whole club know what he is capable of doing.

“He’s an exceptional talent, but we will be patient with him. It might not be this year, but it is important we are consistent with them.”

Dawson’s current contract with Leeds runs out at the end of the season, but one suspects that he will be given a new deal.

The 20-year-old is talented young midfielder, but perhaps the fact that there are a number of very good players in his position at Leeds has gone against him.

However, the support that Blunt is showing in him suggests that Dawson does indeed have a bright future and a long-term career at Leeds.

What Dawson needs to do now is be patient and do as told by Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn, who has shown this season that he is not afraid of giving academy graduates first-team chances if they are good enough.

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