Five things we learned about Leeds United from their 1-0 victory

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Following their latest win in the Championship, here are five things we learned about Leeds United at the weekend.

Leeds United made it four wins from five matches when they overcame Millwall at Elland Road on Saturday, but what did we learn about Neil Redfearn’s side from their latest encounter?

Alex Mowatt must start

Alex Mowatt not only scored the match-winning goal on Saturday, but he also put in a wonderful performance to further enhance his blossoming reputation.

The 20-year-old was recently dropped in favour of Billy Sharp and that did not work as manager Neil Redfearn would have planned.

It is no surprise that Mowatt’s return to the starting line-up has seen Leeds record back-to-back wins against Reading and Millwall and the simple fact is: When fit and available, the youngster must start.

Bamba is even better than we thought

January arrival Sol Bamba looks like being the centre-back Leeds have been crying out for. The Ivorian impressed in his early matches but he stepped things up a notch on Saturday, recording a quite remarkable 100 per cent passing accuracy and looking solid throughout.

Bamba is surely now a first-choice with Redfearn left to choose between Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper for the rest of the campaign.

Steve Morison remains important despite goal-drought

He may not score, but Steve Morison remains a vital part of this Leeds side.

His presence allows the likes of Mowatt and Luke Murphy to take their chances and it is hard to see the target man replaced in the short term, even with his poor scoring return.

As long as Leeds are winning, something is clearly working.

Collective spirit trumps individual talent

Brazilian midfielder Adryan found himself back on the Leeds bench on Saturday after a spell away from the first-team; but this side is all about collective spirit and it is hard to see how some of the side’s more unpredictable players are going to get much game-time right now.

This Leeds side fights together, and that has led to some outstanding results that have turned their campaign on its head.

This is Leeds’ best starting XI

While Cooper and the like may argue otherwise, the 11 players who took to the field at the weekend are currently the best and most effective to start for Redfearn.

They are proving it on a consistent basis and until they start to falter, there is no reason to suggest changes for the upcoming fixtures.

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