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Evans signed a better duo than Redfearn's proposed Leeds transfers

Leeds United boss Steve Evans' has signed two midfielders, are they better than the two Neil Redfearn wanted to sign?

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn claimed this week he made initial enquiries over his summer transfers before being removed as head coach by owner Massimo Cellino last May.

Two of the players he told Radio Yorkshire he wanted to sign for the club were experienced midfield duo Joey Barton and Charlie Adam.

Both players would have improved the team his replacement Uwe Rosler went into the season with, but Steve Evans' current side is another matter.

Evans has shrewdly brought in Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland, and raided Brentford to sign Toumani Diagouraga.

If they can secure Bridcutt on a permanent deal, then Leeds will be in a better place long term than if they had signed Adam and Barton.

Barton is 33 and has displayed mixed performances for Burnley this season, while Adam, 30, is having a poor season for Stoke City, failing to score a single goal in his 19 appearances so far this season.

Bridcutt and Diagouraga are 26 and 28, and looked particularly impressive in the draw with Middlesbrough earlier this week.

Had Leeds been able to line up with their duo at the start of the season, they would be in a far better position than they currently sit in now, 16th in the Championship.

It remains a shame Redfearn did not get the chance to put his plan into action, but if owner Massimo Cellino can keep the faith with Steve Evans and support him further this summer, Leeds may be onto something even better.


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