Alex Mowatt admits last Leeds season was not good for him, comments on positional change

Alex Mowatt celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leeds

The Leeds midfielder knows he was not at his best last term but is hoping he will return to the top of his game under Monk.

Leeds' Alex Mowatt on the bench

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has admitted to the club's official website that he endured a poor personal season last term, but that he hopes he can return to his best under Garry Monk.

Mowatt has emerged as a key player at Elland Road since making his senior debut nearly three years ago, and has already racked up over 100 first-team appearances for the Whites.

Last season he scored twice in 35 appearances in all competitions, but the 21-year-old clearly does not feel that his form over the course of the campaign was up to scratch.

In fairness, Mowatt had set the bar pretty high; after winning the club's Young Player of the Year award in his first season, he enjoyed a terrific campaign in 2014-15, scoring nine times and winning both the players' and supporters' Player of the Year awards.

Leeds' Alex Mowatt and Brighton's Biram Kayal

The Leeds number 10, who has gained a reputation for scoring spectacular long-range goals, admitted that he was disappointed with his comparatively underwhelming season in which he found himself played out wide on several occasions.

However, after impressing back in a central attacking role in midfield in the friendly win over Shelbourne on Saturday, Mowatt stressed that he hopes the appointment of Monk can spark a return to top form this term.

Mowatt told the club's website: "Last season wasn’t a good season for me personally. I’ve got to try and put that behind me and try to get back to the form I was at in the season before.

Alex Mowatt celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leeds

"Everyone has a fresh start with the new manager and everyone wants to impress. I’ve come back as fit as possible and hopefully I’ll have a good pre-season. I’m happy with the way the gaffer plays – it’s good for me because it’s my style of football. I was happy when the gaffer got the job.

"It’s a fresh start for me. I played in the position that I like to play in on Wednesday night at Shelbourne and I enjoyed it. I played out wide a lot last season – if I’m asked to play there I’ll always try and do a job for the team – but when I’m in the number 10 role, I feel like a different player."

Mowatt and Leeds fans will both be hoping that the England youth international can return to playing a leading role for the club this season under Monk as they aspire to be more than merely another mid-table also-ran.

Leeds United's Alex Mowatt in action with Brentford's Lasse Vibe

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