Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has admitted that he can do more, much more.
The 19-year-old bagged the equaliser in the weekend draw at Birmingham City to equal the goalscoring exploits he managed to achieve in his first season in the first team.
His message is simple; one goal isn’t good enough and I’m aiming for more.
“I always scored goals for the Under-18s so one a season isn’t good enough. If I’m in the team then I feel like I should be chipping in with a few so that’s something I’m aiming for,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Mowatt’s strike demonstrated the value of having several goalscoring players in a side and he got Neil Redfearn’s team out of trouble in a match where Birmingham could have ground out a narrow win.
If he chips in with more goals over the course of the season, he increases the number of threats coming from the Leeds attack, which makes the opposition’s job more difficult and Leeds harder to contain.
“If I’m scoring it takes pressure off other people and you always hear it said that you need goals across the team. Obviously my first aim is to be in the team but if I’m chosen, I want to make an impact.”
Redfearn’s impact in charge of the side is a good demonstration of how he benefits the younger players at the club.
Owner Massimo Cellino has just said Redfearn won’t get the top job at Leeds permanently because of how he develops younger players and maintains the club’s academy.
Mowatt suggests that he’s only in the side at the moment because of the chance he’s been given by Redfearn and if he can keep scoring, any new boss coming in should be impressed enough to keep him in the team.
“Since Redders has been involved I’ve been back in the team but also back in and around the squad. I’m pleased about that because I came through and played a lot of games last season.”
Here’s to hoping he can keep scoring goals and continue to give opposition defences headaches.