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Ranking Leeds United's central midfielders: Which youngster comes out on top?

Leeds United have some very good options in central midfield this season.

Leeds United are blessed in terms of the talent they have with the quality and standard of their youngsters.

Neil Redfearn exploited them fully last season and new manager Uwe Rosler has shown no signs that he will neglect the younger players for the coming season.

One of the key areas of Leeds United’s squad is the strength they have through the middle of the team and it will be interesting to see who ranks where in terms of Rosler’s central midfield options.

We’ve attempted to rank the Leeds midfielders in terms of their positions in the pecking order.

Central midfielders: Cook, Mowatt, Adeyemi, Murphy, Bianchi, Phillips, Sloth, Dawson

Lewis Cook is vital

Lewis Cook is vital to everything Leeds attempt to achieve over the next year.

He’s got a remarkable maturity for someone who is so young and his consistency has made him one of the first names down on the team sheet.

He’s got an ability to control the pace and flow of games from midfield, whether he’s sitting in front of the back four to pick the ball up from the defence or playing slightly forward, looking to pass possession onto more creative players.

The key thing for Rosler is ensuring that Cook is protected because he could be targeted by the opposition, considering how important he is for the balance of the midfield.

A challenge facing Mowatt

Alex Mowatt is another player who has become very important for the Leeds midfield because he gets into positions where he can be effective in terms of goals and assists.

He scored nine goals last season and if he can make that double figures over the coming campaign, the club should have a great chance of achieving their man goal of breaking the top six and giving themselves a chance of promotion.

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