Five things we learned from Leeds' FA Cup win over Cambridge: Mowatt, Ikpeazu and Silvestri all feature

Cambridge United's Uche Ikpeazu in action with Leeds' Pontus Jansson

Leeds United booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a narrow win over Cambridge.

As many expected, Leeds United booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they beat Cambridge United on Monday night. However, the game did not go exactly to plan for Garry Monk's men.

The Whites needed to come from behind to beat the League Two side 2-1 and set up a tie with either AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United for a place in the fifth round.

But for now, Monk may be reflecting upon the Cambridge win, so here are five things that he can perhaps take from the victory...

Alex Mowatt still has something to offer

Leeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring their second goalLeeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring their second goal

Alex Mowatt's contract is up at the end of the season (via Yorkshire Evening Post), and based on his form during the first half of the campaign, it would have perhaps not been a surprise if his deal was allowed to expire and Mowatt was allowed to leave the club. However, the midfielder demonstrated against Cambridge just how much of a gamble it would be to let him go.

The 21-year-old was Leeds' best player, creating the first, scoring the second and generally looking like the most likely player to make something for the Whites. 

Marco Silvestri missed an opportunity

When Marco Silvestri is given the chance to play for the first-team, he has to take it to send as good a message to Monk as possible. However, he missed his chance to really put pressure on Rob Green as while he made some good saves, his problems with distribution remain - though he may suggest that the conditions were to blame. 

Are Gaetano Berardi's and Lewie Coyle's roles shifting?

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United shoots at goalGaetano Berardi

Since Luke Ayling's arrival at Leeds, it would be fair to assume that Gaetano Berardi is the right-back's first understudy while Lewie Coyle is third choice. However, Berardi has been replaced by Coyle in both of his appearances at right-back this term, but has been very impressive when deployed on the left.

Therefore - with Tyler Denton struggling on the left flank against Cambridge - it may perhaps be fair to assume that Coyle may soon be Ayling's first understudy while Berardi is left to cover Taylor.

Should opponent be on Monk's radar?

Monk wants a new striker during the January window (via Yorkshire Evening Post), and while he may not have been expecting it, one player in the Cambridge line-up really stepped up and arguably staked a claim for a Championship switch. 

Uche Ikpeazu missed a chance late on, but generally put in a display that suggested that he could certainly be an option to sit amongst Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara in the pecking order. His work and finish for the Cambridge goal was excellent, and his strength and power ensured that he was a match for Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

Perhaps Monk may want to consider watching the 21-year-old more closely over the coming weeks?

A new centre-back is essential

Leeds' Liam Cooper is substituted after sustaining an injury as Leeds United manager Garry Monk looks onLeeds' Liam Cooper is substituted after sustaining an injury as Leeds United manager Garry Monk looks on

Leeds go into their Championship clash with Derby without Pontus Jansson and possibly Liam Cooper. Cooper limped off in the second-half against Cambridge and Jansson collected his 10th booking of the campaign so is now suspended for the next two games. Kyle Bartley is potentially Leeds' only remaining natural central defender available to face the Rams, which should confirm to Monk that not bolstering his options at the back is a huge mistake with a promotion race to run. 

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