COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Gary Monk should replace Alex Mowatt and Kemar Roofe in January following a series of poor performances from the duo.
Winger Roofe joined in the summer from Oxford United after a goal-drenched League Two campaign but has failed to make an impression in the Championship, only making his third league start against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening.
The 23 year-old was given the nod ahead of playmaker Mowatt, whose position in the side has also come under question in recent weeks.
Mowatt started out wide during Leeds’ 1-0 defeat against Derby County last week and his performance was widely pilloried as as one of the worst by a player in Monk’s squad this season.
The academy graduate made a breakthrough during the 2013-14 season but seems to have struggled to fit in Monk’s system at Leeds.
He was unsurprisingly dropped for Roofe ahead of the Wigan clash but the former West Brom trainee didn’t take his opportunity and received a bashing on Twitter.
Both players have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship. Mowatt is a natural centre-midfielder but his ineffectiveness in that role led to him being shunted out on the left and that position didn’t suit him much better due to his lack of pace and mobility.
Roofe has largely made substitute appearances, coming on in an attacking central midfield role or on the left but did not take his opportunity after being given a rare start.
Most fans believe the pair are unfit for Championship duty and Monk may be forced to find replacements in January as Leeds continue to find a back-up solution for the left midfield role.
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