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Ian Holloway says only Mowatt and Cook showed passion v Brighton

Despite Leeds' 4-0 defeat on Monday night, some rare praise for two of United's players...

Ian Holloway believes Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook showed the passion required for a Leeds United player on Monday night, according to his regular predictions column for Sky Sports.

Naturally, the pundit didn't have much to say for United's other players as Leeds lost 4-0 at Brighton on Monday night.

However, he did praise the club's two youngsters, who he felt 'had a go.'

Holloway told Sky: "I was alarmed at the Leeds performance at Brighton, where they lost 4-0. They capitulated. On the night there was a huge difference between the standard of each set of players.

"Leeds didn't close down, they didn't press, they didn't get around people. Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt had a go - they showed the passion required for a Leeds United player but the others weren't at the races."

If Holloway is to be believed and others agree Cook and Mowatt showed desire, it sounds in keeping with Leeds' ethos in recent years.

The likes of Sam Byram, Cook, Mowatt and Charlie Taylor may care more about Leeds themselves, having come through the ranks - as opposed to a player signed from another club who may know they can secure another move if things don't go well.

The problem that gives Leeds, of course, is if - like Byram - these youngsters who genuinely do have passion for the Yorkshire club end up leaving Elland Road. 

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