By Alex Stevens
Alex Mowatt returned to the Leeds starting XI in their 1-0 defeat to Derby on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to criticise his performance.
The Elland Road academy product was restored to the team in place of the injured Stuart Dallas as Garry Monk make a single change to the side that beat Barnsley 2-1 before the international break.
Mowatt was selected in the starting XI for only the fourth time in Leeds’ 12 league fixtures this season, and only his fifth start out of 15 matches in all competitions.
But the 21-year-old endured a difficult afternoon on the left flank as Leeds’ fine run came to an end at the iPro Stadium.
He struggled to make an impact before being substituted after 80 minutes and replaced by Matt Grimes.
A Johnny Russell goal was enough to secure the three points for the home side as Monk’s side dropped down to 12th in the Championship table.
Fans took to social media to give their verdicts on Mowatt’s display in midfield against Derby.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Not a bad game, deserved a point though. Mowatt was awful today! We’re still playing well though, which is the important thing. #lufc
— Ollie (@olliejacobhall) October 15, 2016
Mowatt and Phillips are shambolic football players. #lufc
— Darren (@dazzler1717) October 15, 2016
What’s happened to Mowatt #lufc
— elliot (@ElliotBird1) October 15, 2016
— Matt (@MWJS82) October 15, 2016
Decent enough half but need Mowatt+Phillips to contribute more #lufc
— markcally (@markcally8) October 15, 2016
Sacko quiet. Mowatt limiting our width. Not a bad performance but hard to see us scoring #lufc
— Patrick (@Paddyyy) October 15, 2016
Mowatt just doesn’t fit the way we want to play. Limited passer and no pace to get in behind. #LUFC
— James (@JamesLUFC) October 15, 2016
In other Leeds news, a senior player is destined to leave the club in January.