Leeds boss Garry Monk explains why Alex Mowatt has had limited chances this season

Leeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt misses a chancre to score

The Leeds United midfielder made a goal-scoring return this week.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk spoke to BT Sport after the game against Cambridge United on Monday 9 January, explaining why goal-scorer Alex Mowatt was struggling for game time this season.

The young midfielder was given a rare start for the Whites against their lower league opponents and he played a vital role, scoring the match-winning goal after Leeds had initially gone 1-0 down.

Stuart Dallas equalised in the second half and Mowatt was on hand to score after setting up his teammate’s earlier strike.

Leeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt misses a chancre to score

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Monk said, “It’s been difficult in terms of minutes on the pitch for Alex this year, but that is because other players have been doing extremely well.

“He understands that and works extremely hard in training. It is about when you take your opportunity.

“They give you food for thought but it is a squad game and that is what we need for the second half of the season.”

Leeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring their second goal

Mowatt featured regularly for Leeds at the start of the campaign. However he has slipped down the pecking order in recent months and he will no doubt be hoping his latest impressive outing has ensured he has a future at the club.

After all, the midfielder’s current contract expires in the summer and he will not want to leave a side that looks destined to finally return to the top flight.

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