Dawson’s contract at Elland Road was terminated last month, and Redfearn went on to sign the youngster at Rotherham United.
Redfearn, who was once in charge of Leeds’ academy system, says he rates Dawson as highly as some of the top talents to have broken through at Elland Road.
“To me, he’s part of that group - that [Alex] Mowatt, [Sam] Byram, [Charlie] Taylor, [Lewis] Cook group," Redfearn said. "He’s part of that. When I was in charge it wasn’t the right time to put him in.
"But for me, Chris Dawson is an outstanding young talent. He’s a player who can unlock it. He’s got a change of pace, a low sense of gravity. He’s got an eye for goal and he can create and score. He was part of a group of top young players who were coming to the fore."
Redfearn was sacked soon after signing Dawson for Rotherham, and the attacking midfielder is yet to make his debut for his new club.
Neil Warnock is now in charge of the Millers, meaning that the 21-year-old will have to convince the veteran manager that he is ready to play a part, if he is to force his way into the team at the New York Stadium.
Dawson is no stranger to having to wait for opportunities, though, as his first-team chances at Leeds dried up in recent years.
Dawson made his debut for the Whites back in 2013, but he only went on to make another three appearances for the Yorkshire club.