How Neil Redfearn could create an historic Leeds United moment this season

Elland Road pitchside

Neil Redfearn should consider naming a Leeds United line-up entirely made up of academy products before the end of the season.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn could use the position the club are currently in to his advantage, by making a significant statement before the end of the season. 

Leeds look destined to finish in mid-table this season, meaning that the pressure on them to get results has been reduced, and it looks the perfect environment for youngsters to be eased into first-team life. 

As a result, Redfearn could take the opportunity to make a statement and play a line-up entirely made up of homegrown Leeds stars.

The Whites already have seen Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Kalvin Phillips and Charlie Taylor who have made the step into their senior squad this season, and Redfearn has constantly said that the club's youngsters are the future. 

Actions speak louder than words, though, and there could be few better ways to inspire the future generations than to play a team entirely made up of academy products before this campaign finishes.

By doing so, Redfearn would not only galvanise the followers of the Whites, who have really bought into his ethos so far, but he would also create an historic moment at Elland Road. 

Crewe Alexandra are the only other team in the Football League who could claim to have achieved a similar feat in recent times and it actually wouldn't be too hard for Leeds to accomplish, with so many youngsters already starring for them. 

It looks a legitimate possibility and Redfearn would be wise to consider it, with Leeds' season looking set to peter out at the moment. 

Leeds United's potential academy XI: Alex Cairns; Sam Byram, Ross Killock, Jack Vann; Charlie Taylor; Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Zac Thompson, Kalvin Phillips, Aidan White; Lewis Walters

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