Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that Massimo Cellino has set the club up to become reliant on their youth team.
Redfearn has described the main idea that Cellino has tried to implement at Leeds, which will more than likely continue when he returns to the club at some point in the future, with his ban preventing him from resuming control this season.
“The idea is that he likes the youth. If you look at when he took over at Cagliari, he brought the young players through there and he relied on his youth system there,” said Redfearn.
“What these young guys have done is they have come in and they have made people realise that they can be the future.”
Redfearn won’t have any problem with that philosophy as things stand, because having a very young side has worked out well for him.
The younger players at Leeds have excelled since the turn of the year, with the club rising up the table and getting away from the threat of relegation very quickly.
Lewis Cook picked up an ankle problem during the international break, but there are plenty of other young players ready to step in and fill the void over the next couple of weeks while he’s unavailable, which shows the strength of the academy at the moment.
The younger players at any club provide the spine of the team, which the manager can then build around and for as long as Redfearn is in charge at Leeds, he’s unlikely to argue if Cellino wants him to develop an ethos based on using younger players.