Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn will be fully focused on the game against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, as he looks to prevent this season from fizzling out for his team.
There’s plenty going on behind the scenes at Elland Road, which has left the boss under real pressure, but his focus will stay on performances and developing the players at his disposal.
Here are five potential talking points for the Leeds boss.
Leeds’ chairman Andrew Umbers stated in the Yorkshire Post that the decision over Redfearn’s position as the club’s manager rests firmly on the shoulders of Massimo Cellino.
He also stated that Cellino has no involvement with the day to day running of Leeds, which suggests that Redfearn could be left to worry over his long term future at the club for a little while longer.
The infamous ‘injured six’ from last week may leave a seed or two of doubt in the mind of the manager ahead of this weekend’s game.
Massimo Cellino was quoted by The Sun denying that he’d asked players to go on strike at the club, but fortunately Redfearn has a good squad of players to use if players are unavailable again against the Owls.
Midfield change up
Redfearn stated on the Leeds website that he was impressed by the way Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips played for the under-21 side this week.
Phillips made his debut for the club in the dramatic draw against Wolves recently and could come back into the team.
It would be a risk to change up the two central midfielders in the side, but the pair have done everything asked of them by the manager this season.
Do I include Aidy White?
Aidy White made an eagerly anticipated return from injury earlier this week for the club’s under-21 team after a foot injury, which has kept him out since pre-season.
Redfearn will be tempted to draft him into the squad because of the versatility he offers down the left hand side, but it’s a risk considering the lack of game time he’s had, which is important in relation to his sharpness.
Do I include Brian Montenegro?
Montenegro hit a hat-trick in the same under-21 game against Huddersfield and is in great form.
He’s not really had any impact on the first team this season, but with the season effectively over in terms of what Leeds can achieve, he may take a gamble and start him up front or in a position just off to the side of a main striker.