Leeds United’s ‘Academy programme’ is paying dividends for the club in providing them with such starting XI players as: Alex Mowatt, Same Byram, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook. However, there are others bubbling under and around the first team such as Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips but it is another junior that Neil Redfearn has promised game time to and that is young forward Lewis Walters.
Redfearn confirms that Walters is almost fully recovered from a serious knee injury that he suffered last summer. He [Redfearn] was in the dugout watching on as Walters impressed in Leeds United’s U21 game against Nottingham Forest, which ended in a 1-1, table-toppers Forest equalising with a last-minute goal. Walters was involved in the build up to the Leeds goal with neat interplay between him and Adryan leading to Walters crossing for Brian Montenegro’s headed goal. After the game, Redfearn told LUTV, Leeds United’s in-house television station,
“He’s getting there and the more football he gets the more confident he’ll feel about himself. If we can get him in and around it [the first team]before the end of the season then great.”
Walters was on the bench amongst the named substitutes for Leeds’ 3-2 home defeat by Watford and, at the time, Redfearn admitted that he would have had no qualms or worries about throwing him into the Championship fray saying, “he’s at that level now”.
All that now remains to be seen is which of the 10 remaining games Neil Redfearn sees as ideal opportunities to give Lewis Walters his first smell of the cut-and-thrust of Championship football.