Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has explained what he sees as the main difference for youngster Alex Mowatt between this season and last season.
Mowatt has been nominated for the player of the month award for his displays in November and Redfearn has suggested that he fully deserves the nomination, explaining how he’s developed as a player so far this season.
“He deserves the nomination and his performances have been some of the best he’s shown,” Redfearn is quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
“He did really well last season, no doubt about that, but the difference now is that he’s started seeing himself as a proper first-team player.”
“He feels like he should be in the team and that’s allowing him to relax and play to his potential.”
What’s made Mowatt so effective in the middle of Leeds’ team is the freedom and responsibility he’s been given by ‘Redders’.
Mowatt has a free enough role to go and get involved in various areas, which makes him difficult to pick up for the opposition.
He’s also extremely clever in terms of how he goes about his runs from deep, which allows him to arrive in good positions to score late on.
His confidence has obviously developed and Redfearn deserves credit for backing him when other managers may have chosen to go with more experienced options.
“People are obviously starting to recognise his performances which is why he’s in for this award but there’s more come from him.”
It’s also encouraging that Redfearn isn’t prepared to allow complacency set in and will keep pushing him to develop and get better.
That’s important because Mowatt’s intelligence has to grow and will allow him to remain effective against various sets of tactics, with opposition sides likely to be working on ways to keep him quiet.
The future’s bright and the sky’s the limit.