Redfearn pinpoints what Leeds need this summer to be a 'serious force'

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is desperate for quality reinforcements.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn told BBC West Yorkshire that he needs better players at his disposal following Tuesday's 2-0 home defeat to Norwich City.

Goals from Jonny Howson and Graham Dorrans gave the Canaries a comfortable win at Elland Road, meaning Leeds have now slipped to a fourth straight defeat.

Following losses to Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, Leeds' season has been petering out ever since Redfearn's assistant manager Steve Thompson was suspended.

With no indication over whether Redfearn will still be in charge comes the start of next season, a certain level of uncertainty surrounds the club's impending transfer activity.

The summer transfer window is drawing ever closer, and after bringing in so many players last summer, the focus has to be on signing quality of quantity this time around.

That's an idea that manager Redfearn subscribes to, telling BBC West Yorkshire that Leeds must bring in quality Championship players in order to challenge at the top of the table next season.

"We've got what we've got at this moment in time - we're squeezing the absolute maximum out of what we've got," said Redfearn. "We're trying to find a way. We've blooded young players, we've got young players experience, which is really important."

"But if we're going to be a serious force, if we're going to be challenging at the top end of the table, we've got to bring quality Championship players in...I keep saying this like I'm a broken record!" he added.

With a reliance on youth graduates this season, Leeds appear to have just run out of steam in the final weeks of the campaign - and with Norwich able to win last night due to the strength of their bench, Redfearn knows that Leeds need better quality players to finally push back towards the Premier League.

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