Kemar Roofe's emergence as a number 10 could be final nail in Alex Mowatt's Leeds career

Leeds' Kemar Roofe shoots at goal

The summer signing is excelling for Leeds United, in the very position that Mowatt does his best work.

When Leeds United play-maker Pablo Hernandez suffered an injury setback earlier this month, it looked like being a chance for forgotten man Alex Mowatt to finally return to his best position as a number 10.

However, Whites manager Garry Monk had other ideas, and rather than put his faith in Mowatt, it was summer signing Kemar Roofe who came in from the wing to operate behind Chris Wood.

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It is a tactic that has come off with great success, and while Roofe is struggling to get on the score sheet his performances against Rotherham United in the Championship and Liverpool in the EFL Cup show a player who has finally found his feet at Elland Road.

Such has been Roofe’s form as a number 10 that any hope of Mowatt forcing his way back into contention has surely been lost.

Leeds' Kemar Roofe shoots at goal

When Hernandez returns, Mowatt will be third choice at best and with his contract expiring in the summer the prospect of a new deal seems slim at this stage.

There is no doubt Mowatt is a talented player, one who has been shunted out of position too often by various managers, but with Roofe taking to Hernandez’s role like a duck to water, an exit really does seem like the only viable option, especially if Leeds make it back to the top flight come May.

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