Redfearn raves about ex-Leeds star Jonny Howson upon first return to Elland Road

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn has heaped praise on Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn told a press conference on Monday that Jonny Howson is an ambassador for the club's academy, as reported by the Leeds United Twitter account.

After three straight defeats at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, Leeds are in poor form and now face a daunting task.

Promotion chasing Norwich City arrive at Elland Road later today to take on Leeds, with Alex Neil's men seeking points to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Canaries have won the last four games in a row, and will be hoping to continue that run against Leeds - with the help of former Whites midfielder Howson.

Howson joined Leeds as a nine-year-old, and made his way up through the ranks before being handed a first-team debut in 2006.

An eventual captain and heartbeat of the Leeds midfield, Howson was an Elland Road hero before leaving for Norwich in January 2012.

Now set to returning to Elland Road for the first time since his departure, Leeds boss Redfearn says that the midfielder is an ambassador for Leeds' famous youth academy.

Howson came through the Leeds academy alongside the likes of Aaron Lennon and Fabian Delph, who are both now playing in the Premier League, whilst the current crop of Leeds youngsters has the potential to follow suit.

Redfearn have overseen the development of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook this season, whilst Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Walters look set to become bigger parts of the Leeds team in coming years.

Howson's return will be an emotional one for the player himself and for the fans - but they will be eager to spoil his return to Elland Road with a victory.

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