By Alex Stevens
Alex Mowatt must be handed a central role to maximise his ability to create and score goals, according to former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn.
The versatile midfielder failed to hit the heights last season when form eluded him and a left-wing role did not get the best out of him.
But the 21-year-old Leeds academy graduate showed encouraging signs in Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Peterborough.
Deployed in a central role tucked in behind the front three, Mowatt buried a volley after 16 minutes to put his team ahead and was a constant threat to the goal with his runs into the box.
Redfearn, who coached Mowatt at Leeds in the midfielder’s player-of-the-year season, attended London Road as a radio pundit on Saturday.
“You’ve got to play him in the middle,” Redfearn said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Anywhere else is a waste of his ability and his goals.”
Mowatt scored just two goals in his 36 Leeds appearances last season, 23 of which he started.
By contrast, under Redfearn in the 2014-15 campaign, the midfielder scored an impressive nine league goals from 38 matches, 37 of which he was in the team from the start.
In other Leeds team news, Kemar Roofe delivered an eyecatching display against Peterborough.