Alex Mowatt vs Tom Cairney - Is Leeds or Blackburn youngster the better player?

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Two bright stars go head to head this weekend when Leeds United take on Blackburn Rovers.

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*Tackles, interceptions, key passes and final third passes on a per game basis


 

Leeds United travel to Blackburn Rovers this weekend, looking to build on winning their first win in nine after a difficult couple of months.

A bright spot in their form has been midfielder Alex Mowatt, a teenager who was called into the England under-20 squad as a reward for his displays.

Mowatt's clash in midfield with Blackburn's Tom Cairney will be one of the most intriguing aspect of the contest, with the 23-year-old Scot an equally bright prospect.

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes / GamePassing AccuracyFinal Third Passes / GameWon Tackles / GameInterceptions / GameAppearances
Alex Mowatt 4 0 1.73 86% 9.36 1.18 1.73 11
Tom Cairney 2 3 2.94 87% 16.31 1.5 1 16

In fewer appearances, Mowatt has scored double the number of goals Cairney has, but the Blackburn star comes out in top in other areas.

He has three assists while Mowatt is yet to make any, so far let down by his teammates despite having the second best key passes per game ratio in the Leeds squad behind Adryan.

Cairney is clearly Blackburn's dangerman from that aspect, creating an average of approximately three chances per game.

This is likely due to him being far more active in the final third of the pitch that Mowatt, making an average of seven more passes in the opponent's defensive third that the Leeds star.

He also makes more tackles per game, and will try to push Leeds defenders into losing possession should they spent too long on the ball.

The Rovers star is clearly the more experienced of the two, but has not scored since August and has only one of his three assists in his last 10 games. Mowatt by contrast has scored three times in his last three games under new head coach Neil Redfearn and on form, is the more likely to have a decisive impact at the weekend.

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