Eddie Gray says Leeds star Alex Mowatt must already know what is wrong with his game

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has been critical on Alex Mowatt's fitness.

Eddie Gray has told Radio Yorkshire that Leeds United star Alex Mowatt must improve his fitness next season if he wants to recapture his form.

Mowatt was Leeds' player of the year in 2014/15, but struggled to establish himself in the starting XI this past season.

Leeds legend Gray, speaking at 8pm on Wednesday to the station, said that he would like to know what is really going on with the midfielder, who two seasons back was called into England's under-20 squad, but had no international involvement last campaign.

He said: "Alex has still got to [improve], his game seemed to go backwards. Injury? Fitness? I'd like to know myself what has happened to him.

"Mowatt's got tremendous talent in and around the box, I don't know if its in his mind. I'd love to sit down and have a chat with him.

"For me, he's got to be fitter, and I shouldn't be able to say this to any footballer, he must know himself.

"Especially the type of player like Alex, who is not the quickest. When he's training he should be up there at the top all the time pushing it. He's got to be box to box all the time.

"Alex is a great striker of the ball, capable of scoring wonderful goals, but talent alone doesn't make you a footballer."

  SeasonGoalsAssistsAppearances
Alex Mowatt 2014-2015 9 2 38
Alex Mowatt 2015-2016 2 4 34

Mowatt has a few weeks break now before the hard work of pre-season begins. If he takes Gray's comments on board, or as he suggests, is already aware of his need to improve his fitness, then this will be a critical time for him ahead of next season.

The youngster's best form came back under former boss Neil Redfearn, who knew how to use him from his academy days, while subsequent bosses Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans have struggled to get the best out of him.

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