Alex Mowatt was named man of the match in Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic.
Mowatt scored both goals for the Whites at Elland Road, taking the lead on two separate occasions to claim Neil Redfearn his first point as permanent head coach of Leeds United.
With Redfearn staying with the diamond midfield, Mowatt featured as one of the two box-to-box midfielders, and he put in a top class performance, capped by scoring two high quality strikes - with his second of the night called ‘the best of my career’ by the player.
At just the age of 19, Mowatt is one of many Leeds academy prospects making a name for themselves in the first-team set-up, and, having progressed under the eye of Redfearn, the former Academy Director will be delighted that it was one of his homegrown stars who had the largest impact on his first game at Elland Road.
Having started 10 games this season, Mowatt has been a solid performer, and we take a look at how he stepped up his game for the tie with high-flying Charlton.
|Match||Goals||Shots on Target||Key Passes||Passing Accuracy||Touches||Mins Played|
|Alex Mowatt||Leeds vs Charlton||2||2||3||91.7%||56||90|
Appearing for the full 90 minutes, Mowatt was the highest performing Leeds player, but his goals were just a small part of his performance. He played three key passes - although the profligacy of his teammates resulted in no assists being recorded - and competed 36 passes - a game high 91.7% record. He had two fewer touches than midfield partner Lewis Cook, but his ability to turn his touches into game winning actions means that he is much more economical when in possession - a vital trait in a Leeds side who offered the majority of the ball to their London opponents.
Although he was better with the ball than Cook, he fell down slightly with his defensive contributions, although the 19-year-old still completed at least one of every defensive action, and had just as much impact as Tommaso Bianchi - who featured as the out-and-out defensive midfielder at Elland Road.
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Mowatt undoubtedly put in his best performance of the season on Tuesday evening in the draw with Charlton, and his showing would have delighted Redfearn - the man who coached him at youth level. He is sure to become a key part of the new head coach’s first-team set-up, and, if he continues to perform in such an impressive manner, the England Under-19 international could well be on the way to a full Three Lions call-up in the future.