Evans says Neil Redfearn has told him why Leeds youngsters are struggling

Neil Redfearn

The Leeds boss has had conversations with one of his predecessors at Elland Road.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans says he has spoken to one of his predecessors Neil Redfearn about his current squad, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Indeed, a number of Leeds youngsters have struggled so far this season and Redfearn advised Evans on exactly why when he got the job at Elland Road.

That said, Evans has also made a thinly veiled comment about Uwe Rosler by suggesting some of his players weren't told why they were left out.

Evans told BBC Radio Leeds: "I remember speaking to Neil Redfearn. I called him when he got the Rotherham job. He called me when I got this job.

"He said some of those lads are on the way down. They go down, they flatten out and you have to bring them back again. I've come in while some of these players have  been left out without reason or explanation. I communicate with them."

A number of Leeds youngster have failed to match their heights of yesteryear this term, of course. Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Lewis Cook haven't looked anywhere near their old selves.

Charlie Taylor is one youngster who thrived under Rosler but he has been injured lately and the lack of a Redfearn figure - who clearly inspired the youth players last campaign - has impacted on the Yorkshire side's prize assets this time around.

Is there any hope Leeds can beat Cardiff on Tuesday night? Their young stars will certainly have to deliver if so. Can Evans inspire them, especially if he's in contact with Redfearn?

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