Zero shots, 12 accurate passes: What was wrong with Leeds ace at Blackpool?

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt was off colour during his side’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool.

Leeds United youngster Alex Mowatt had a disappointing game and was rightfully substituted just after half time during his side’s 1-1 draw at Championship strugglers Blackpool.

The 20-year-old all-action midfielder has been largely superb this season, attracting interest from Premier League side Liverpool according to a recent report in the Mirror.

The Whites have produced a number of quality players in recent times, but whispers around Elland Road are starting to suggest that Mowatt is among the best to have come through their renowned academy.

However, his performance on a terrible Bloomfield Road pitch won’t live long in the memory as he badly struggled to make any sort of impact on the match.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsTacklesDef Duels WonInterceptionsTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Alex Mowatt 0 0 0 3 4 0 22 12 54

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the youngster was anything but his usual instrumental self as he failed to record anything of note before being hauled less than 10 minutes after the half-time interval.

Mowatt has found the net on eight occasions from midfield this season, but up against a stubborn Blackpool side he found himself crowded out – recording no shots or key passes.

Moreover, he took a mere 22 touches and struggled to find his passing range, completing just 12 passes at a rate of one per four-and-a-half minutes while he was on the pitch.

Defensively, he put himself about and managed three tackles and four defensive duel wins, but that couldn’t stop the hosts from taking the initiative as Lee Clark’s men struck just before half-time.

Fortunately for the visitors, Neil Redfearn’s decision to replace Mowatt with Mirco Antenucci paid dividends as eight minutes after his introduction the striker notched the equaliser.

Despite late pressure for Leeds, the spoils were shared at full-time which resulted in the Yorkshire outfit dropping down to 13th spot following Sheffield Wednesday’s dramatic 3-2 win at Rotherham United.

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