It seems bizarre that this time last year Alex Mowatt was given the number 10 shirt and Leeds were looking at one of the most important players of the season. He had quite easily won the clubs Player of the Year award after a fine season. Roll forward a year and we are left wondering what role Mowatt has in the squad. There is no doubting his ability, but nobody saw what was coming last season.
Alex Mowatt still holds a trump card over may of the midfield options at the club. His ability to score goals and create chances from the attacking position is something that Murphy, Phillips and ‘Dave’ aren’t well known for. To be fair to the, Phillips bagged shed loads of goals in the under 21’s, Murphy has a goal in his locker and Dave showed he is effective when given more license to break forward. What I mean is that Mowatt’s game is based on scoring goals and his ability in the final third.
Matt Grimes has arrived at the club and he comes with a very encouraging reputation. Technically gifted and able to pick passes and put in a tackle he may well be used in a deeper role rather than the attacking midfield. However he has been known to play in the more advanced role in his successful days at Exeter and Monk may well fancy him there again. With the wide players currently at our disposal it’s a central midfielders dream to play between them. I honestly don’t think the centre of the park is strong enough. Dave is the only player in a deeper position capable of matching the better players in this division and even at that I think he needs a partner who is better than what he is. It won’t be cheap or easy but I think it’s a must.
Mowatt currently has one year remaining on his contract but no new deal seems on the horizon at the moment. If he was to start the season how he finished a year ago then it wouldn’t take long for other clubs to come sniffing at our door. In my opinion Garry Monk needs to decide in pre-season whether Mowatt is part of his plans. If he is part of the future plans then we need to give him a new long-term deal. Charlie Taylor won’t be signing a new deal by the looks of it, but Kalvin Phillips and Baily Peacock-Farrell both have. Both are unproven but have potential none-the-less. Mowatt has proved he is capable.
To be fair to Mowatt he has constantly been played out of position and the coaching probably leaves much to the imagination. Rosler seemed to have players holding back, worrying about not losing the game rather than winning. Evans did what he needed to do but coaching young players didn’t seem to be on the agenda.
Mowatt needs guidance from the coaching team. Monk, Clotet and Beattie certainly have the ability to help him improve as a footballer. It’s a shame Cook has gone now Monk has arrived, that was a mouth watering prospect. I think all of the players will improve under Monk, Mowatt is certainly one who has a point to prove after last season and more importantly, he is one that has the ability to improve and succeed.