Redfearn makes admission over new Leeds signing Granddi Ngoyi's fitness

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An update on the fitness of Leeds United midfielder Granddi Ngoyi.

Granddi Ngoyi is still not ready to make his Leeds United debut, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Frenchman was named on the substitute's bench against Wolves on Easter Monday, but he was clearly there as an emergency option, and even now he is not deemed fit enough to start.

Head coach Neil Redfearn is quoted by the paper confirming teenager Kalvin Phillips is ahead of him in his plans.

He said: "Granddi Ngoyi needs to train and get himself up to speed so Kalvin’s definitely in contention."

Time is quickly running out for Ngoyi to make any kind of impact at all, with his loan deal set to expire in when the season is over in five games time.

Leeds signed him along with Sol Bamba from Italian side Palermo, and while the centre-back has proved an excellent addition, nothing has been seen of Ngoyi for the club to make a positive decision over him.

With Rudolph Austin suspended and Lewis Cook injured, the match at Wolves and this weekend's game with Cardiff City would have been ideal had he been up to fitness.

As it works out, it may turn out to be good for Leeds that they are not wasting time on him, so they can take a better look at Kalvin Phillips instead.

The midfielder was promising at Wolves, and unlike Ngoyi, is not going anywhere at the end of the season. He is part of the long-term future at the club and Redfearn clearly realises this too, and the more chances Leeds get to examine how he continues to adapt to the Championship is of benefit to player and club for their preparation for 2015/16.

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