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Redfearn suggests Charlie Taylor is Premier League-ready, predicts Leeds' next prospect

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn is tipping Malik Wilks as a future Leeds prospect.

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that, if he was a Premier League manager, he would sign left back Charlie Taylor.

Redfearn, who was sacked as Rotherham United last week, took charge of Leeds last season following the departure of Darko Milanic in October, and won 33% of his games in the Elland Road dugout.

Many Leeds fans connected with Redfearn, not only because he was a boyhood Leeds fan, but because of his exceptional work bringing through young players at Elland Road.

The likes of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt all came up through the ranks with Leeds, and have Redfearn to thank for a large part of their development.

Byram has since signed for West Ham United, but Taylor, Cook and Mowatt remain at Leeds - and Redfearn has now been asked what he thinks of those players.

Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire that, if he was managing a Premier League club, he would be signing left back Taylor from Leeds, suggesting that the defender is ready for the top flight.

Redfearn also admitted that midfielder Mowatt was his favourite of the three given that their playing styles were similar, but long-term thinks that 19-year-old Cook could eclipse Taylor and Mowatt thanks to his huge potential.

"If I was a Premier League club at this moment in time, with where their young players are, I'd go for Charlie Taylor," said Redfearn. "Everybody's got favourites, and my favourite was Alex Mowatt, because he plays similar to how I played. He's got an eye for goal, he's a goalscoring midfield player. I think Lewis Cook, long-term maybe eclipses the rest."

The 50-year-old was also asked who he thinks the next young Leeds star could be, and he suggested that forward Malik Wilks is the one youngster that fans should be looking out for in the coming years.

"At this moment in time, there's a young striker-cum-wide player called Malik Wilks. I think that he's got a fantastic opportunity, and I think he's got everything going for him. He's got a little bit of an edge, because it hasn't always been great for him in his life, and they usually make the better players," he added.

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