Leeds star Alex Mowatt's latest recognition confirms that he's invaluable to Steve Evans

Elland Road pitchside

The 20-year-old got on the scoresheet twice during the month of November.

Alex Mowatt has been included on the shortlist for Championship Player of the Month for November, the Yorkshire Evening Post report.

The Leeds United midfielder missed out to Sheffield Wednesday's Lucas Joao for the Fans' Player award for the same month earlier in the week, but has now another opportunity to win some recognition for his efforts.

The 20-year-old scored twice during the month. His scorcher against Cardiff City ended the club's long wait for a win at Elland Road, and he followed that up with an equally-delicious strike to seal a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in their very next game.

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson, Solly March of league leaders Brighton and Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy are also in the running, with the winner set to be announced on Friday.

Regardless of whether Mowatt does win the accolade, the fact that he has made the shortlist for both November awards - and then made it to the top three of the fans vote - shows how important he has been to Steve Evans' side recently. 

When the former Rotherham boss arrived, there was seemingly no injection of positivity on the pitch that often seems to appear when a new manager takes charge.

Instead, the Whites failed to win any of their first three games under Evans, and the concerns surrounding the winless home run - which stretched back to March - built with every day that Evans spoke about how disgraceful it was that a club like Leeds couldn't win on their own patch. 

And while that pressure seemed to terrify some of the players every time they stepped out at Elland Road, it was Mowatt who decided to risk the wrath of the fans against Cardiff by collecting the ball some 30 yards from goal and deciding to take a gamble. When his shot flew into the top corner, the home supporters - and Evans, no doubt - breathed a huge sigh of relief that was most likely followed by another at the full-time whistle. 

Although his goal against Huddersfield came when United were already 2-0 ahead, it could be argued that it was almost as impressive as the Cardiff stunner. 

Leeds had gone into the break having bagged two stoppage-time goals, despite failing to create many clear-cut chances in the first-half. The home side then spent the first 10 minutes of the second-half camped inside United's box, with Marco Silvestri pulling off a couple of excellent saves to preserve his clean sheet. 

The barrage continued to come until Mowatt got a bit of space inside the Terriers' half - once again, around 30 yards out - and unleashed another great effort into the top corner. While a two-goal lead was precarious, especially with Huddersfield in the ascendency at that stage, a three-goal lead quashed any hopes of a comeback. 

As well as helping United to two wins, the nature of the goals he scored in November would have undoubtedly given the rest of his teammates the confidence they needed.

A poor run of form tends to see sides close up and play rigidly in the hope of ending their wait for a win with a scrappy goal. However, Mowatt's strikes reminded Leeds that their squad was capable of doing some excellent things out of nothing with the ball.

Perhaps, Saturday's fantastically-worked opener against Hull may not have come had it not been for Mowatt relieving himself of the shackles in November, and convincing the team that they are capable of moments of real quality.

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