Evans says popular Leeds star Alex Mowatt did not expect to play until 2016 before he took over

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Steve Evans says Alex Mowatt's confidence was at rock bottom when he took over at Leeds United five games ago.

Alex Mowatt is a very different player under Steve Evans as opposed to former Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler.

The England youth international has been outstanding in recent games, scoring spectacular goals against both Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.

Current boss Evans puts it all down to confidence, and says that under previous management the player did not have any.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds he said that the midfielder even doubted he would get back into the team.

Evans said: "I'm absolutely delighted for that young man. When I walked in here, he probably was talking he wouldn't be playing until the New Year because his confidence was that low.

"I said to him, I can remember, first day on the training ground, another game or two and you'll be in son, but I need to see it here, and we encouraged him and worked with him, but listen he is the one who does it not me."

Mowatt had begun the season in the Leeds team, but struggled to impact games under Rosler. He was played in an attacking midfield role and asked to press the opposition.

This seemed to shackle the attacking elements of his game, and he eventually lost his place in the side. Evans' comments suggest a player whose confidence was at rock bottom, and the fact he has managed to get the 20-year-old's head back in the right place is proving of huge benefit to the club, with the youngster impacting results once more.

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