Is Leeds United ace Alex Mowatt a player who does not fit under Steve Evans?

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United's Alex Mowatt played just four minutes at the weekend.

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt was a breakthrough star a year ago, winning both player of the year and young player awards in the club's official honours.

This season has been a bit of a backwards step for him, struggling since former head coach Neil Redfearn was dismissed from his role last summer.

Redfearn was the boss who brought him through the academy and into the first team, and without his tutelage he has struggled this campaign.

Firstly he lost a bit of his creative spark under the high pressing game Uwe Rosler asked him to execute. He was run ragged, and it distracted from his ability on the ball as he attempted to understand and learn the German's instructions.

When Steve Evans was appointed in his place it appeared as though Mowatt's prospects were looking up, scoring two impressive goals against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.

His last strike was back on November 7, and he has struggled to make an impact since, with his only highlight being a pair of assists in the win over Blackburn last month.

When he gets it right he can be the best player on the pitch for Leeds, but this season those moments have been few and far between, and far too inconsistent for a player needed to be at or near to his best frequently over the course of a 46 game season. 

Mowatt has had three good games this year, and that is not enough, and his first team chances have been decreasing of late, playing a combined 61 minutes out of a possible 180 over the last three games.

The 21-year-old is struggling for a place with Lewis Cook moved into an advanced role in midfield, not suited to playing out wide, and while from an attacking perspective Mowatt is more of a threat than Cook, it is the England under-19 international who offers the team more protection defensively.

The last time Mowatt was selected ahead of Cook, Leeds lost 4-1 at home to Huddersfield, and he is potentially struggling to recover Evans' trust in this regard.

Mowatt is one of Leeds' prized assets, even if he has not regularly played like it this season. He has just one year remaining on his contract and the club need to get it sorted.

Whether his sharp decline and inconsistency would have happened had Redfearn remained in charge is another matter, and it remains to be seen how much of his displays are down to Mowatt himself, or previous and current bosses Rosler and Evans simply not understanding how to utilise his talent.

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