Alex Mowatt knows new Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn as well as anybody else in their current squad.
Redfearn and Mowatt have worked together right through the club's academy-system and they are now both vital members of the first team.
With Redfearn being placed in-charge of the senior squad he has made Mowatt one of his key players and his faith in the 19-year-old seems to be benefitting himself and the player.
Redfearn has identified Mowatt's goal threat and it is particularly noticeable in the stats that the attacking midfielder has produced during his time in-charge.
The England youth international has scored four goals during Redfearn's six games in charge this season, but has not managed to hit the back of the net for any other manager.
With trigger-happy chairman Massimo Cellino in-charge, Leeds are already on their third manager of the season - after David Hockaday and Darko Milanic failed previously - and none of Redfearn's predecessors have utilised Mowatt as well as he has.
Mowatt is given a far more important role for the side under the 49-year-old's tutelage and the relationship that they have built up over the years is obvious.
Mowatt had a brilliant scoring record at youth-levels for the club, but he has not replicated that in the first-team to date.
However, it seems that he could be starting to become one the senior side's major goal-threats now.
Mowatt has three goals in his last two games and that is largely because he is encouraged to be more of a threat under Redfearn.
When asked yesterday what Redfearn brings to the team, Mowatt replied 'confidence' and that is clear in his game.
|Match||Goals||Goal Assist||Key passes per game||Shots per game||Successful dribbles per game||Passing Accuracy||Mins Played|
|Alex Mowatt||With Redfearn||4||0||1.25||2||0.25||86%||360|
|Alex Mowatt||Without Redfearn||0||0||2.3||1.3||0.8||83.5%||441|
Although the youngsters is not making as many dribbles or trying to set his teammates up as much, he is becoming more self-centred and starting to realise his own quality.
Mowatt is averaging two shots per-game under Redfearn - nearly double his previous tally - whilst he is also improving considerably with the accuracy of his passing.
It is highlighting why Redfearn has so much faith in the players that he has developed from a young-age and it suggests that he is the right man to continue helping the side's youngsters to progress, even now they have made the grade at Elland Road.