Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram have stepped backwards under Uwe Rosler at Leeds United

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We take a look at why Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt have failed to impress for Leeds United so far this season.

Over a disappointing start to the season, Uwe Rosler has failed to get the best out Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram – arguably two of the club's most promising players.

Mowatt and Byram have both recorded seven starts from 10 possible games. However, the form of the academy graduates has been far from stellar and hasn’t gone unnoticed by the supporters.

Neither player has recorded a single goal or assist so far this campaign, which considering their importance to the side’s attack is disastrous, and have both been brought off more times than they have completed the full 90 minutes.

Byram completed the full 90 minutes in the games against Burnley, Brentford and Reading. However, Mowatt has only managed it the once, coming in the 3-0 away defeat to Middlesbrough.

Why have Mowatt and Byram struggled under Rosler?

Although Byram’s dip in form could be explained by his change of position and a mental struggle to cope with his ongoing contract saga, the noticeable dip in Mowatt’s form is less straightforward.

The England under-20 midfielder has found it difficult to find his feet in the current system and was left frustrated once again at the weekend as Ipswich walked away as comfortable victors.

He has lost his bite in the middle of the park and struggled to have more impact going forward, despite the side being built around him being the most advanced central midfielder.

Mowatt should look to go back to basics and repeat what was good about his game under Redfearn to progress in Rosler’s system.

As for Byram, who played less than 20 minutes in the defeat to Ipswich, he needs to learn to play the more advanced wing role he has been tasked with to ensure he has a successful season.

Despite his technical ability, it has looked an uncomfortable transition so far due to his unfamiliarity with the position. However, with Rosler’s persistence with Berardi at right-back, it looks to be his only way into the side on a regular basis.

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