Leeds boss Steve Evans explains why he did not select Alex Mowatt against Wolves

Elland Road pitchside

The Leeds United midfielder started their latest game on the bench.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to LUTV about his team selection for the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Whites boss made just one change from the side that drew 0-0 against Charlton Athletic at the weekend, with Sam Byram returning to the starting line-up and Alex Mowatt dropped to the bench.

The midfielder has started the vast majority of matches since Evans replaced Uwe Rosler at Elland Road, but the 20-year-old was given a well-deserved rest as his teammates took to the field at Molineux.

Speaking to LUTV prior to kick-off, Evans explained his decision, saying, “We’ve made one change, young Alex Mowatt comes out. (He’s) probably not fully recovered from Saturday at Charlton to be ready to start so Stuart Dallas goes into his position on the left.

“Yesterday when I looked at Alex in some detail I just felt he wasn’t fully recovered; he puts so many miles on the clock and he is such a young tender age.”

The 20-year-old is one of Leeds’ key players and while he has not always reached the heady heights of last season’s stellar performances, Mowatt remains integral to much of the side’s good work, scoring in back-to-back victories against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town shortly after Evans took charge.

While he started this match on the bench, Mowatt’s talent is such that he will play from the outset more often than not in the weeks and months ahead.

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