Leeds boss reveals the remarkable action Cellino took with Charlie Taylor

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn says that Massimo Cellino didn't even see Charlie Taylor play before handing him a new three-year contract.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Guardian that Massimo Cellino handed Charlie Taylor a three-year-contract without even seeing him play.

Taylor has emerged as one of Leeds' finest prospects this season, but his future is only currently secure because of Cellino's faith in Redfearn.

Redfearn informed the Italian owner of the potential that Taylor had before he was an established first-team star, and that was enough to convince Cellino to tie the 21-year-old down for the long term.

“He thinks the kids are great, that things are young and vibrant," he said. "When I told him about Charlie Taylor the first thing he did was put him on a three-year contract, without actually seeing Charlie play. He backed me on that."

With Cellino backing the youngsters, he will be delighted to see the progress that Leeds are currently making - even if he is having to watch from afar, due to his ban from the Football League.

Taylor is just one of four Whites prospects who are starring in their first-team, with Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt also impressing. The quartet have become pivotal to Leeds' chances and their success this season has been built around their form.

It is a show of the faith that Redfearn, who used to be in charge of Leeds' academy, has in his youngsters and he will be hoping that even more come through in the future.

There are a number of bright talents at development squad level for Leeds - including Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips - and there seems to be a clear route to the first-team with Cellino and Redfearn taking great pleasure and pride in bringing them through to the senior ranks.

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