Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has been one of the club’s best young players for Neil Redfearn this season.
The midfielder has been superb in a variety of situation in big matches against more experienced teams and more experienced players. He’s not been fazed and has developed an impressive goalscoring side to his game.
There was no surprise when his eight goals and two assists saw him called up to the England under-20 ranks for the current international break, but there would have been some confusion as to why he didn’t feature in the match against Mexico last night.
Neil Redfearn has been quite open over wanting his younger and important players away on international duty to be rested and England under-20 boss Aidy Boothroyd may well have conceded to that request.
However, one of the only ways that Mowatt is going to continue developing, improving his game and becoming a better player is if he gets game time at international level for his country, regardless of when or how that comes about.
It’s important for any young player to experience a variety of different standards and methods of football, because that can help to develop their game and make them stronger all round players in key positions.
The England under-20 side have another game coming up against the USA and Mowatt may well see a little bit of action in that match.
It will then be a case of back to business at club level with a game against Blackburn Rovers next weekend, which represents another chance for Leeds to put a good result on the board and continue the fine form they have shown under Redfearn since the turn of the year.
Here’s what Leeds fans on Twitter had to say about the decision.
England must have some top class U20 midfielders playing in the EPL if Alex Mowatt is consigned to the bench. #futuresbright ...!?— DollyDidn't (@DoriDolly) March 25, 2015
Alex Mowatt is better than Ben Osborn ffs— luke (@lukejackson96) March 25, 2015
Fairly pleased Mowatt was an unused sub cos he didn’t get injured tbh— David (@akawhatadave) March 25, 2015