Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that there is no one in his squad he picks for the sake of doing so.
Redfearn has a good squad of different players in key positions at Elland Road, but says he doesn’t have any favourites in terms of who he picks on a weekly basis.
“I have no favourites, no one I pick for the sake of it and when they get in, they have to play well,” said Redfearn.
Some managers often have players who they keep in the side, because they like them for their personality or for a tactical reason, which sometimes overlooks their form.
However, that’s not the case with the Leeds boss who has quite often thrown youngsters into the team ahead of more experienced players.
Redfearn has done a decent job throughout the season since he replaced Darko Milanic as the club’s manager, but the results and recent performances have started to dip as the end of the season draws in.
It’s unclear as to whether he’s going to be the manager next season, but his recent comments about the team missing Lewis Cook, as reported by BBC Radio Leeds, show that anyone who can play with the right attitude and character will leave a lasting effect on his mind.
His short and simple comments offer hope and inspiration to all of Leeds United’s fringe players that they can still get into the team if they work hard enough over the rest of the season.