Leeds United: Redfearn set to freshen up struggling squad

Mirco Antennuci is chased down by John Eustace. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Mirco Antennuci is chased down by John Eustace. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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NEIL REDFEARN insisted that Leeds United would react to their deteriorating season with a clutch of new signings next month after the club ended 2014 with another limp defeat at Derby County.

Redfearn said he and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino were ready to adopt “short-termism” and look for quick solutions to the problems which have placed United in trouble near the foot of the Championship table.

A 2-0 loss at the iPro Stadium left Leeds with just one point separating them from the bottom three, the consequence of a campaign in which their squad have lost 12 times and taken two wins from their last 16 games.

Leeds were beaten by an own goal from Alex Mowatt shortly before half-time and a Jake Buxton header two minutes into the second half.

The club are close to signing striker Leonardo Pavoletti on loan from Sassuolo and have lined up a deal to take Slovenian midfielder Rene Krhin on a temporary basis from Inter Milan.

United are also understood to have expressed an interest in Andrey Galabinov, a Bulgarian striker who is on the books of Italian Serie B club Livorno.

Redfearn called for positivity after Tuesday night’s defeat, but conceded that the need for new players was obvious, saying: “Perhaps there’s got to be a bit of short-termism here.

“The boys who are here have been fantastic but they need some help. They need other players to come in, freshen us up and give us a bit of experience. But I’ve had this conversation with Massimo. We’re well aware of it.”

Asked if he was confident of securing players with prior experience of the Championship, United’s head coach said: “I’m hoping so – or players who give us that sort of quality. We need that depth, that competition and real game-changers on the bench. At the moment it’s not the case.”

On the latest setback, Redfearn said: “In the first half we were quite measured and organised but the goal just before half-time put a different slant on things.

“At 1-0 we were still in with a chance. But the second goal killed it.”

Marcus Antonsson celebrates his goal at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

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