How this Leeds star has pulled off the unthinkable in a month

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Leeds United's Scott Wootton has been able to save his career at Elland Road, with his chances all but written off by most as recently as last month.

Leeds United defender Scott Wootton appears to have saved his Elland Road career in the space of a month after some stellar performances at right-back. 

Wootton has been a mainstay in Leeds's team ever since returning from a loan spell with Rotherham United and his displays have helped him pull off the unthinkable. 

The former Manchester United youngster's chances of being a success at Leeds had been written off by supporters of the Yorkshire club, who felt he was well below the standard required to represent them, but he has changed opinions quickly. 

Despite being played in an unfamiliar position, Wootton has made his critics eat their words and he is becoming a vital performer for the side.

His inclusion at right-back has made Leeds defence look considerably more sturdy and he has enabled Sam Byram to play in a prominent attacking role.

It is a tactical switch by Redfearn which has paid dividends - with Leeds now losing just once in their last seven Championship matches - and the standard of Wootton's displays has been highly creditable.

The 23-year-old has been a solid figure in the defence and his statistics show just how complete his displays have been.

  TeamTackles per gameHeaders per gameInterceptions per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyClearances per gameAppearancesMins Played
Scott Wootton Leeds 2 3 2 35.83 64.18% 4 6 540

Wootton has dominated in the air - winning three headers per game, - he has made an average of two tackles per game and he has shown a willingness to get rid of the ball when needed - completing four clearances of match. 

It means that he is now likely to play a key role for the club until the end of the season and Wootton deserves masses of credit for turning around his time at Leeds - considering it had looked all but over at the start of the year. 

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