Uwe Rosler highlights advantage Neil Redfearn brought to Leeds United

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Rosler started his career at Leeds United boss at the weekend.

The Whites secured a 1-1 home draw against a strong Burnley side, and Uwe Rosler has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Neil Redfearn handed him an advantage whilst head coach last season.

Rosler said: “The good thing is that Neil Redfearn brought them [the young players] in last year. Some of them played a whole season, some of them played half a season.”

The German boss is referring to the fact that Redfearn decided to utilise a number of academy players last season, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor all establishing themselves in the Leeds first-team.

They are all considered vital players for the club now, and Rosler had no issue with selecting all three for the Championship opener against Burnley, as they possess talent - and most importantly, Championship experience.

Redfearn only spent a short spell as head coach, after being promoted from academy director after the crazy management merry-go-round at Elland Road, but his influence and decisions could have a long term effect on the club.

It was Redfearn who set the club on the path they are currently travelling, and it is Rosler who will benefit from the coach’s decisions in the long-run.

However, Rosler himself has added to these experience youngsters by bringing in the likes of Chris Wood and Tom Adeyemi this summer. They further bolster the Leeds ranks with a specific type of player, and Rosler commented on the type of player he is looking for Leeds to possess.

He added: “Sam Byram is already in his fourth year, Tom Adeyemi came in on the back of almost 150 appearances and Chris Wood has 100 appearances in the Championship. So they are very young but they are already experienced in a way. I hoped – and the players proved me right – that they could handle the occasion.”

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