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Leeds United and the case of 20 senior debuts

Leeds United gave debuts to 20 players this season, some more successful than others.

Leeds United’s Championship season ended last weekend with a 0-0 draw against Rotherham United.

It is fair to say the Whites have enjoyed (and at times endured) an up-and-down campaign, with three different managers sitting in the dugout at one time or another. But Neil Redfearn has helped instil an element of stability at the club, with the future looking relatively bright, at least in terms of playing talent.

A recent report from Leeds’ official website revealed that the club had given senior debuts to 20 different players this season, and it is a fact that should not be understated.

When you have three different men in charge at various points in the campaign, there are always going to be the players they favour and the ones they do not; and that was seen at Leeds with some of those who began the campaign under Dave Hockaday rarely if ever seen under Redfearn and vice-versa.

Many of Leeds’ debutants have been among the wonderful next generation of players granted chances by their current boss. But whether they are bright young things, summer signings or loan arrivals that either soared or (in the case of Edgar Cani in particular) slumped, the simple thing is a club will always struggle with so many new faces on the field.

Next season will hopefully be a more stable one for Leeds, should Redfearn remain and if he is able to bring in the players he wishes.

That way it may be a case of six or seven successful debutants, rather than 20 that were very much a mixed bag.

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