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Neil Redfearn praises former captain Jonny Howson after Leeds United defeat

Howson scored for Norwich City against Leeds at Elland Road last night.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn paid tribute to former captain Jonny Howson yesterday evening, after he inspired Norwich City to a win at Elland Road on his first appearance back at his former club.

Howson scored a trademark finish to give Norwich the lead in the game, with Graham Dorrans adding a late second in a deserved 2-0 win in Yorkshire.

Redfearn stated after the game, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

"He's a top player. There is a reason they are second in the table.

"The difference was the quality of the strikers and the amount of money they have outlaid to bring their players in."

Howson left Leeds for the Canaries in January 2012, but this was the first-time he had faced his old club at Elland Road. When he scored he demonstrated his continued respect for the Leeds fans by refusing to celebrate, which received acclaim from the Leeds faithful.

Of course Leeds would love it if he was still at the club, Redfearn probably does as well.

The Leeds boss worked with Howson for three years at Elland Road, so knows all about the lad from Morley.

His success with Norwich should prove a warning to Leeds regarding their star youngsters. It looks as though Norwich could be heading back to the Premier League and the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram must be wondering if they will ever get there with Leeds.

Howson might be the example they decide to follow.

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