Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has revealed in the Yorkshire Evening Post that he expects Alex Mowatt to come back into the side for the game against Reading.
Mowatt was an unused sub in the defeat against Brentford last weekend and Gray feels there are benefits for Redfearn, if he brings him back into the team.
“Alex Mowatt might come back in the side. He left Alex out on Saturday but the thing about Alex is that he gives you that balance,” wrote Gray.
“I would think he’s a lot better playing central as well but he’s a naturally left sided player.”
The advantage of having a naturally left sided player on that side of a midfield four or midfield diamond, is that it’s easier for them to settle in that position.
Rodolph Austin has been used off to the left, but he’s arguably better in the middle of the team, snapping at the heels of players and breaking up the play.
Mowatt can drift out wide to provide extra width for his team or he can come into central positions to get on the ball when Leeds are on top and dominating the game.
He can also drop off and provide natural cover to the left-back when the side is under pressure.
A good balance across midfield reduces the chance of space being left and Leeds leaving themselves over exposed, which are weaknesses that Reading will be on the look-out for this evening.