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Neil Redfearn hails ‘outstanding’ Leeds youth duo Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips

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Neil Redfearn has praised the work of Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips as Leeds defeated Huddersfield 4-1.

The Whites’ Under-21 side defeated their fellow Championship rivals by a 4-1 scoreline, and Redfearn told the official Leeds website after the game that two key midfielders were ‘outstanding’.

The current head coach said: “I thought the two centre midfield players – [Chris] Dawson and [Kalvin] Phillips – were outstanding. I thought they bossed the game from start to finish.”

Although Brian Montenegro netted a hat-trick in the dominating victory, it was the performance of the two players in the middle of the park who controlled the game.

Both youngsters already have appearances at first-team level for Leeds, with Dawson, 20, winning three Championship games this term, and Phillips, 19, making his first start against Wolves earlier this month, before netting his first goal the game after.

It is expected that they will have bright futures judging by their limitless potential, and it is just a case of whether they are given enough first-team chances to develop in a suitable manner.

If Redfearn remains in charge of the first-team, this is almost a guarantee, having worked with the duo at academy level for a number of years.

However, all the off-field issues may result in Redfearn having to leave the club this summer, and not only will this be bad for the fans who so vocally support him, but it will undoubtedly stall the upbringing on the youth talents who have been on show.

Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have all become vital parts of the Leeds side under Redfearn, having graduated from the Thorp Arch academy, and if the club chiefs want to see that happen again - with Dawson and Phillips the likely duo to make it - they should really stick with the former academy boss in charge.

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