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Why it's time for Alex Mowatt to return for Leeds United

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn should consider bringing Alex Mowatt back into the starting line-up.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn will be disappointed with the way his side played against Brentford over the weekend, which saw a 1-0 defeat and an end to a very brief winning run.

A few players will be disappointed with the way they played against Brentford and are now under pressure heading into the game against Reading this week.

Redfearn will already be contemplating team changes ahead of the game and once change he could consider is bringing youngster Alex Mowatt back into the starting line-up.

Mowatt has found himself confined to the subs bench in recent weeks as he strives for his next first team chance and the time has come to get him back into the team.

Mowatt offers versatility having played down the left hand side and through the middle (according to WhoScored) already this season.

That shows he’s effective in a wide role but can also control the game from the middle, using his intelligence effectively to know when to drift out to a wider position.

Whether he’s better on the left hand side or through the middle is open for debate, but he’s also scored four goals and weighed in with an assist so far this season.

That shows he gives an extra goal threat to the team, popping up in dangerous attacking positions late to have an impact in big games.

Who makes way is the big decision for Redfearn.

Lewis Cook has been consistent over a long season already and at an early age, Rodolph Austin provides the experience and possession and Luke Murphy showed what he’s capable of in the game against Bournemouth.

Sam Byram is also under pressure and there’s no easy answer for the manager, but Mowatt’s return should help Leeds control possession more effectively and he makes the team more dangerous.

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