Ray Parlour: Everything revolves around this question for Leeds United

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Former Gunner Ray Parlour says Leeds United have to keep asking themselves how they'll get back into the Premier League.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told talkSPORT the key question Leeds United have to be constantly thinking about next season.

Parlour praised the impact manager Neil Redfearn has had at the club and it will be interesting to see if Massimo Cellino gives him the chance to guide the side back into the Premier League next year.

“Looking at Neil Redfearn, I think he’s done a great job since he’s been there. The question will always be, how are they going to get back into that Premier League?” he said.

Firstly, there has to be some unity at the club so that everyone can focus on moving in the right direction.

If Redfearn stays on as manager, he needs to know his role and he needs to be aware of all of the areas over which Cellino has direct control and the final say.

That will help to reduce friction and will creating a clearer picture over what Redfearn can do as he goes about improving his squad.

Secondly, he’s going to have to make those right decisions in the transfer market.

If Redfearn, or whoever replaces him, can get things right in terms of recruitment, Leeds will have extra options next season when key players fall injured or unavailable through suspension.

That should allow the team to maintain a more consistent level of performance, with results benefiting.

Thirdly, the club has to protect their key players. Lewis Cook has already signed a new contract with the club and other youngsters need to follow suit.

The younger players form the spine of the current team, which will in turn reduce the amount of work the boss and officials have to do in the summer market.

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