Neil Redfearn comments on the current level of Leeds United

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United's Neil Redfearn has described the level the club are at with the squad operating at maximum output.

Neil Redfearn explained to BBC Radio Leeds the message he’s left with Leeds United’s squad about the Championship as they head off for extended breaks.

Leeds finished last season 15th placed in the Championship and Redfearn has urged the current crop of players at Elland Road to retain their gritty and fighting qualities looking ahead to next season.

“The lads have given everything they’ve got and they’ve done that by and large since I’ve come in and it’s got us into a mid-table position comfortably away from relegation – I’ve said this is the Championship, it’s not going to go your way all the time, sometimes you need to tough it out,” said Redfearn.

The challenge for Redfearn, if he’s given the chance to be manager next season, is how he can tweak things to set the sights of the squad a little bit higher.

If Leeds can add a little bit of quality in key areas, the club can start looking forward towards a position in the top six and the ultimate aim of getting back into the Premier League.

Leeds have a very young squad of players and it’s important they are protected in the form of more experience, bigger and more physically developed players.

The youngsters can have all of the talent in the world, but if they don’t have the bravery of someone like Lewis Cook, they are going to be targets for the opposition who could look to get on top and bully them physically.

Hopefully when Massimo Cellino is back at the club, there can be a collective will for everyone to move forward in the right direction and Leeds can make the right decisions so that when the lads give everything next year, they’re in the top six and not comfortably mid-table.

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