Is there a place for Leeds United's player of the year Alex Mowatt in best XI?

Alex Mowatt

Is there room for Alex Mowatt in Leeds United's best XI?

Alex Mowatt was Leeds United's outstanding player last season, breaking into the first team and establishing a key role.

The midfielder showed he was a match winner, ending the 2014/15 campaign as the club's second highest goalscorer.

This season he is yet to find the back of the net, and has made five starts from a possible eight in the Championship so far.

In recent games, head coach Uwe Rosler has been receptive to starting Mirco Antenucci, and playing him alongside summer signing Chris Wood.

Having two strikers in the starting line-up means only four midfielders, and Mowatt could continue to get squeezed out.

Lewis Cook and Luke Murphy offer an ideal blend of tenacity, experience, and ability to drive forward, and could just be Leeds' best midfield combination.

Tom Adeyemi is also in contention for a place, while Kalvin Phillips has impressed in his limited opportunities to date.

No longer can Leeds try and push Mowatt into their XI by sticking him out on the wing. They have genuine wingers available now, with Stuart Dallas, Jordan Botaka, and after this weekend, Will Buckley on a three month loan.

The side have a good balance about them, based around a defence which has shown itself to be solid this season.

This weekend, Mowatt may well make it into Leeds' starting line-up. The 20-year-old scored the winner away at Middlesbrough last season, and Rosler could deem playing two up front and just four in midfield at the Riverside to be too much of a risk.

When they return to Elland Road however, and try to address the way they have yet to click so far at home, Mowatt may continue to find himself in and out of the side as Rosler looks for an ideal balance.

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