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Neil Redfearn: Cook and Mowatt are Leeds United's best two players since my appointment

Neil Redfearn has been talking up young stars Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has hailed his two young midfield stars, and says there is more to come.

Redfearn was discussing Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, who he says have been the club's best players since he was appointed as head coach, over the last three games.

He told Leeds' website: "Both players have been in fine form since I came back into the first team fold. They have been arguably our best two players.

"In the first half against Blackpool Lewis was brilliant and in my opinion Alex was the best player on the pitch when we played Cardiff and Charlton, and his goals have showed what he is capable of.

"They are both massively important for what I want to do going forward and there is more to come from these lads.” - 

Here is a look at how the pair compare to fellow midfielders at the club during the matches against Cardiff, Charlton and Blackpool.

  GoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyWon TackleInterception WonAppearances
Alex Mowatt 3 0 3 89% 6 7 3
Adryan 0 1 6 80% 0 3 2
Rodolph Austin 0 0 2 79% 1 0 1
Tommaso Bianchi 0 0 4 78% 5 7 3
Lewis Cook 0 0 4 76% 8 7 3

Mowatt's three goals make him a clear standout, while it is Brazilian Adryan who has the only assist to his name, and who has created the most chances.

Lewis Cook meanwhile has created four chances himself, only two less, and has won more tackles (8) than any other Leeds player.

At only 17, Cook is an outstanding prospect, and Redfearn is looking to protect him. He went onto explain that he has managed to get the youngster released from the England under-18 squad this week, due to concerns over him playing too much football.

Mowatt will also join the under-20 squad late, and won't be flying out to Portugal with the rest of the squad.

As much as protecting them from being tired, this helps limit them being picked up by scouts and ensuring Leeds do not have to deal with more unwanted interest from Premier League teams in their services, and that is another reason to hail the new head coach's forward thinking. 

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