Why dropping Leeds United star man Alex Mowatt is justified

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Alex Mowatt could be given a rest by Leeds United, and doing so would be justified.

Alex Mowatt could be watching from the bench as Leeds United kick off against Bristol City tonight.

Head coach Uwe Rosler confirmed the midfielder looked 'leggy' against Reading at the weekend, explaining his 73rd minute substitution to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Outstanding last season, Mowatt is yet to hit the ground running in 2015/16.

In the opening two games of the season he has no goals, and has created only one goalscoring opportunity for his teammates.

During those matches he has had just two attempts at goal, both of which have finished off target.

The 20-year-old featured in the Capital One Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers also, failing to influence the game.

None of this is to criticise the prospect, merely to point out that Rosler is correct in suggesting he could do with a rest.

With Luke Murphy back to fitness, Leeds have another option in central midfield, and managing their young players wisely is essential. 

When Mowatt is on top of his game he is an outstanding player, and if resting him in the short term allows him the breather he needs to recapture his best form, it could be a justifiable decision to leave him on the bench tonight.

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