Neil Redfearn suggests one reason why Leeds United and Steve Evans should be thankful

Neil Redfearn

The Rotherham United boss was talking about the young players at Elland Road.

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is hoping to bring through some of the younger players at Rotherham United in the upcoming months - just as he did at Leeds United.

In his role as academy director and later head coach he helped the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor get to where they are now - considered as four of the top young talents in the Championship.

It is a situation he was clearly proud of and suggested Leeds are fortunate in his absence for the work he did with the young players.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield, as reported by Vital Football:

"We've got young Jerry Yates who is in and around it at the moment and we've just taken Kuda Muskew on from our own academy and identified one or two other players from other clubs that might become available. So we're going to try and put a group together underneath that can supplement our first team.

"I was fortunate to have the scenario at Leeds and it paid real dividends and if you look at Leeds now they're getting the real benefits from it. And it's important that we have something like that here..."

There is no doubt Leeds have Redfearn to thank to a degree for these top young talents. Taylor is arguably the best left-back in the division, Mowatt has the ability to be a Premier League operator whilst Cook has the sky and beyond as his limit. Byram has struggled for first-team football this season but working under Redfearn last season he was a star on the right-wing.

Leeds United and their current boss Steve Evans certainly owe a certain amount of gratitude to the former gaffer who still remains popular at Elland Road to this day.

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