Two of Leeds United's most talented players are going through a dip in form but that was always to be expected given their age.
Leeds United’s season has not gone quite according to plan so far, with manager Uwe Rosler overseeing just two victories in 10 Championship matches (and 11 games in all competitions) and the Whites without a home win all season.
Some fans have commented on the poor form of young midfielders Lewis Cook and – in particular – Alex Mowatt – but in truth a dip in performance levels was always expected when you consider just how young they are.
It is worth remembering that Cook only broke through at Elland Road last season but he has already featured 45 times for the senior side.
That is a considerable amount of matches for an 18-year-old and when you consider the importance of him and 20-year-old Mowatt alongside him, should we really be piling pressure on them when their talent and passion are undeniable?
Indeed if anyone is to blame it is Rosler and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino who should have signed sufficient midfield cover, with only loan signing Tom Adeyemi arriving to add competition in central areas.
With Rudy Austin leaving Elland Road at the end of last season, Leeds lack a midfield leader with experience of the peaks and troughs of the game, and while it is clear Cook and Mowatt are struggling who can blame them?
They are key players for a second tier side despite having a combined age of just 38 and to expect them to never experience a poor run of form is simply ridiculous.
In time they will play their way back into form, but just as Charlie Taylor is Leeds’ best player right now, Cook and Mowatt will each take that title again in time.
Patience is the key with this Leeds side, no matter how frustrating that may be for some…