Three players who could benefit from Steve Evans leaving Leeds United

Leeds' manager Steve Evans

Who are the winners from Steve Evans' Leeds United exit?

Leeds United manager Steve EvansLeeds United manager Steve Evans

Leeds United announced this week via their official website that Steve Evans' services were no longer required as manager.

The search for a replacement continues, but looking solely at Evans' departure, there are players who can benefit from him being moved on.

Here are three players who should treat the change in head coach as good news.

Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook of Leeds United (L) and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in actionLewis Cook of Leeds United (L) and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in action

Lewis Cook was given a prominent role and played regularly by Steve Evans, but not always in his best position.

Evans made his first choice duo in central midfield Toumani Diagouraga and Liam Bridcutt, who signed on loan. This meant Cook was played in an attacking role behind the striker, where he never really looked comfortable, and could not affect the game as a player in that position should.

Leeds' chances of signing Bridcutt permanently diminish with Evans' departure, and this will allow Cook to move back into his favoured deeper central midfield role.

Alex Mowatt

Alex Mowatt celebrates after scoring the third goal for LeedsAlex Mowatt celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leeds

Lewis Cook being moved into an advanced role meant there was no space for Alex Mowatt in the team, and he is potential winner from Evans' departure.

Evans did well to pick Mowatt's confidence up after he lost his way under Uwe Rosler, but the youngster did not play well in 2016 and struggled to get a run of games.

As Leeds' Player of the Year in 2014/15 he is capable of a lot more, and will hope to recapture the form he showed under Neil Redfearn.

Jordan Botaka

Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the matchLeeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match

Summer signing Jordan Botaka failed to convince Steve Evans he was worthy of starting games, and was at times left out of the squad altogether.

He made just three Championship starts in total, and while he showed a glimmer of promise in his appearances late in the season, it was too late to save his season from being a failure.

Botaka now has a fresh chance at Leeds, and if he can hit the ground running in pre-season then he can try and make Evans look silly for not giving him more opportunities.

Which Leeds player has the most to gain from Evans' departure?

 

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