Lewis Cook’s performance at Craven Cottage on Wednesday drew comparisons with Fulham captain Scott Parker.
The pair contested a fascinating battle in Leeds’ 3-0 victory, bringing together a player who Neil Redfearn watched emerge at Charlton Athletic in the 1990s and another who he helped bring through United’s academy.
A teenage Parker made his Premiership debut during Redfearn’s one and only year as a player at The Valley.
And United’s head coach said 18-year-old Cook is showing similar attributes at an early stage in his career.
Parker, 34, dominated Leeds’ midfield for most of the first half on Wednesday but clinical finishing earned United a 3-0 win.
And Redfearn’s side ran Fulham to a standstill by full-time.
“I was at Charlton when Scott Parker was coming onto the scene and Lewis reminds me of Scott Parker at that age,” Redfearn said.
“He’s got that energy, that aggression, that tenacity, a change of pace. He can change games. It was really interesting to watch Scott at the back end of his career and Lewis right at the beginning of his.
“In the first half Fulham were the better side. We were 10 yards off them, 10 yards too far away from their midfield, but in the end we could have had four or five.”