Uwe Rosler's hint about Alex Mowatt's role at Leeds could have a big impact

Leeds United

Could Alex Mowatt thrive in a number 10 role for Leeds United this season?

Could Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt adapt his position to play even further forward than last season?

Mowatt netted in the club's impressive pre-season win over Everton, continuing the outstanding form which made him the club's second highest goalscorer in 2014/15.

During the game he was shifted forward into a role supporting Chris Wood, with head coach Uwe Rosler feeling the New Zealand international was too isolated up front.

The impending arrival of winger Stuart Dallas will help address this, but Rosler may just have found a new role for Mowatt which could help change the club's fortunes.

Rosler told BBC Radio Leeds: "The second half we played two holding players and put Alex Mowatt more as a second striker, and I think that freed up more offensive qualities. The plan worked well."

With the midfield options at Leeds' disposal, this is likely to be a tactic Rosler repeats, especially given the success enjoyed against Premier League opposition Everton.

Last season Mowatt played as a more regular central midfielder, albeit with license to get forward, and at times even shunted out onto the left.

While it does mean Chris Wood will not be partnered by Mirco Antenucci or Steve Morison, it potentially allows space for Tom Adeyemi and Luke Murphy to play together alongside Lewis Cook.

This would require a formation shift to a 3-5-2, but even if just two of the three of Cook, Murphy and Adeyemi feature in a 4-4-1-1, Mowatt's role further forward could be the key to unlocking Chris Wood's potential.

Mowatt has, as Rosler describes, 'offensive quality', which needs to be harnessed so that Leeds can become more of a freescoring side, and the fact the German has recognised this early is an exciting prospect for fans.

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