Why Alex Mowatt must be recalled for Leeds United's latest match

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Leeds United take on Reading on Tuesday evening, and Alex Mowatt should be recalled considering his importance to the team.

Leeds United take on Reading in their latest Championship encounter later today, and manager Neil Redfearn has some big decisions to make regarding his starting line-up.

Changing things to accommodate Billy Sharp on Saturday did not work, and midfielder Alex Mowatt should be recalled for this encounter.

The 19-year-old has played 21 matches for Leeds this season, including the recent victories against Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town. And while Redfearn recently admitted that he dropped Mowatt purely for tactical reasons, it is time to recall him.

The teenager has the energy and the innate ability to be a constant thorn in Reading’s side and hopefully help Leeds get back to winning ways.

With a passing accuracy of 83 per cent this season it is clear the player has a maturity on the pitch beyond his years; while his average of 11.67 forward passes per appearance means he is exactly the type of player needed to drive Leeds on.

  Passing AccuracyKey Passes per GameAccurate Passes per GameForward Passes per GameDuels Won per GameInterceptions Won per GameShots per Game
Alex Mowatt 83% 1.52 30.71 11.67 3.1 1.38 1.29

Leeds may have slipped to an unwanted defeat last time out but they now face two sides - in Reading and Millwall - that they could realistically defeat, and four wins in five would paint a very different picture.

At this stage that is merely hypothetically but the simple fact is Redfearn should revert to the side that did so well in their recent victories, and that means playing Mowatt because at this point he is simply too important to overlook.

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