Leeds boss Evans hails Alex Mowatt, describes him as one hell of a player

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has been discussing midfielder Alex Mowatt.

Last season's Leeds United player of the year Alex Mowatt is yet to score this season, despite finishing 2014/15 as the club's second highest goalscorer.

The midfielder has been in and out of the side, and struggled under former boss Uwe Rosler.

New head coach Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire he is a huge fan of his talent, and believes he can get him back on track.

He said: "I watched last season, he was simply sensational. We've not really seen that this season.

"Watching him in training I said to Paul Raynor... did you see that? He's one hell of a talent."

Evans is keen to get Mowatt playing to his full potential again, and believes he just needs to communicate to the 20-year-old that he has confidence in him.

He said: "These young men they come into the team at Leeds United and have a very successful spell, but they all are gong to have a down spell.

"You ave to believe in them and show them there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sam Byram was very similar."

Byram has been recalled by Evans, with Gaetano Berardi shifted around to left-back to cover for Charlie Taylor, although it's unclear whether he will retain his place when all are fully fit.

Mowatt also faces tough competition for a midfield place, with Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Tom Adeyemi, Luke Murphy and the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Casper Sloth and Tommaso Bianchi all competing for midfield spots.

If he plays like he did last season, Mowatt will be one of the first names on the teamsheet, and the fact Evans is a believer in his talent will count in his favour.

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