Despite derby screamer, Don Goodman highlights huge flaw in Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt's game

Alex Mowatt

The Leeds midfielder has been the subject of scrutiny.

Don Goodman says Alex Mowatt has to do better defensively despite being a 'big fan' of the Leeds United midfielder, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, the pundit felt the 20-year-old needed to offer Gaetano Berardi more support against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and suggested he was beaten by opponents as though he wasn't even there.

Despite Mowatt's creativity in attack and superb long-range goals, then, should the Whites midfielder do more in defence?

While commentating on the first half of Huddersfield v Leeds live on Sky Sports, Goodman said: "I’m a big fan of Alex Mowatt but Huddersfield players are going past him like he’s not there. You have to do better and offer Berardi some support."

Mowatt has had a tough time of things this season, far from reaching the heights of last campaign so far.

But the 20-year-old did put some of his recent struggles behind him with a superb long-range strike against Cardiff City earlier this week. The importance of that goal can't be underestimated. It earned Leeds their first home win in months and got Steve Evans off the mark at Elland Road.

Leeds then took that momentum into the Huddersfield derby and the rest is history, with the young midfielder again netting superbly from range.

Like so many young attacking players, however, is it fair of Goodman to criticise Mowatt's defensive work-rate?

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