Former Leeds boss Redfearn says Mowatt must play through the middle

Leeds' Alex Mowatt on the bench

Leeds United struggled in the Championship last term, and Alex Mowatt was frequently played out of position.

Neil Redfearn during his spell at RotherhamNeil Redfearn has advised Garry Monk to play Mowatt through the middle

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told The Yorkshire Evening Post how Garry Monk must play Alex Mowatt through the middle or risk wasting his talents.

Redfearn was speaking after Monk's men lost 2-1 to Peterborough in a friendly on Saturday, and he praised the 21-year-old Mowatt's performance, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“You’ve got to play him in the middle," Redfearn said. "Anywhere else is a waste of his ability and his goals.”

Leeds' Alex Mowatt and Brighton's Biram KayalLeeds' Alex Mowatt 

Mowatt was deployed in a number 10 role against Peterborough, tucked just behind the front three, and it seemed to pay immediate dividends when he smashed home a volley after 16 minutes to give his side the lead.

The Leeds academy graduate struggled last term, and spent the majority of the season shunted out on the left wing where he was far less effective. The Elland Road club's Championship struggles last season were epitomised by Mowatt's reduction in productivity. 

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

He managed just two goals and four assists in 34 league outings, whereas the campaign before he scored nine goals and registered two assists.

Leeds fans will be hoping that Garry Monk heeds Redfearn's advice, and plays Mowatt through the middle on a regular basis.

Maybe then, with other quality additions, the West Yorkshire club can challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

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