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Robbie Blake: Leeds will benefit for years because of Neil Redfearn

Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake has suggested Neil Redfearn has set the club up for the next four or five years.

Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake told talkSPORT that he feels the club will benefit over the next four to five years because of the good work done by manager Neil Redfearn.

It remains unclear as to whether Redfearn is going to keep his job at Elland Road, but Blake has praised him for the hard work and effort he’s put into developing the club’s academy system.

“He’s been professional in every manner and he’s dealt with the situation tremendously well. He’s gone in there, consolidated the team and has brought the youth system forward,” said Blake.

“In the next four or five years, Leeds are going to be in a really good place as a result – It looks as though he might lose his job and that would be a terrible travesty.”

Anyone who follows Leeds United on a regular basis doesn’t need to be told how good the club’s current youth system is.

Without the youngsters who have been produced as options for the first team, it’s difficult to judge the level and position the club would currently be in.

The new contract signed by midfielder Lewis Cook earlier this week removes a potential problem for the club in terms of losing a player and hopefully more youngsters will commit their long term futures to Leeds.

They should all excel over the time period Blake has mentioned, as they get older and develop physically as well as improving their understanding of the game.

If Redfearn isn’t kept on to control the first team, there is a chance that he could go back to his role in the Leeds academy and if that’s the way things pan out, the club’s youth system will be protected.

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