Is Leeds United's Alex Mowatt the best goalscoring midfielder in the Championship?

Leeds United

Neil Redfearn has suggested that having a goalscoring midfielder is what separates the top teams in the Championship.

Mowatt gifted Redfearn his first point as full-time head coach of Leeds United, scoring two wonderful goals in the 2-2 draw with Charlton at Elland Road.

The 19-year-old midfielder put in a man of the match display, taking his seasonal tally to four, and working his way into the England Under-20 squad that was announced on Thursday. He is likely to benefit with the appointment of Redfearn - having worked with the coach at academy level - and he will be looking to head into the oncoming international break on the back of another strong performance - with the Whites hosting Blackpool on Saturday.

Speaking prior to the game, Redfearn expressed his belief that the top teams in the division are separated by the possession of a good goalscoring midfielder, listing Mowatt as the example in Leeds ranks.

However, with Leeds languishing in 17th place, and Mowatt on just a tally of four for the season, we take a look at which other midfielders in the Championship are potent in front of goal.

Daniel Tozser

Watford’s Hungarian midfielder Daniel Tozser is, like Mowatt, on a tally of four for the season - with all four being free-kicks. A classy central midfielder, he is usually deployed as the deepest lying playmaker in the Hornets remarkably attacking line-up, and he is often overrun by the opposition when left alone in the middle of the park. However, he one of the best creative midfielders in the division, and his passing ability and cool head have made him an instant fan favourite at Vicarage Road. Could improve if goals were added to his game in open play, but, as the best set-piece taker in the division, he is likely to reach the 15-goal mark this season.

Ben Marshall

23-year-old Marshall has six goals to his name this season, usually supplying his presence from a deep-lying wide position. Unlike a classic winger, he offers defensive stability on top of his attacking threat, and he has also registered three assists this season for Blackburn Rovers. A former Manchester United youngster, Marshall’s previous form has seen him win two caps for the England Under-21’s, and he is starting to establish himself as a key man in Gary Bowyer’s promotion chasers, having suffered a season-ending injury half way through the last campaign. With Jordan Rhodes struggling for form this season, Bowyer will be delighted that his midfielders have taken the goalscoring weight off the strikers' shoulders.

Grant Leadbitter

Middlesbrough’s 28-year-old captain Leadbitter currently leads the Championship goalscoring charts from the midfield position, with his two strikes against Norwich on Tuesday taking him onto eight for the season. He also netted a further strike in the League Cup, and has three assists to his name, despite playing predominately from a defensive midfield position. A key part of Aitor Karanka’s Boro squad who sit joint-top of the table, Leadbitter is currently the Teeside club’s top scorer, and is sixth on the division-wide list - just two goals off Chris Martin and Daryl Murphy with 10. Safe in the knowledge that his teammates are sharing goals amongst themselves, Leadbitter is not burdened by the need to score goals, and he looks to be prospering with his newfound freedom.

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