By Will Butcher

Leeds academy product Alex Mowatt should be given a chance to impress manager Garry Monk in his favourite No10 role against Derby.

Mowatt has been predominantly played out wide by Monk this season and has struggled to make an impact.

But with Northern Ireland winger Stuart Dallas set to be ruled out with a thigh injury, this could be Mowatt’s chance to shine.

Spaniard Pablo Hernandez should replace Dallas in his natural role of left wing, giving Mowatt an opportunity to impress behind attacking spearhead Chris Wood.


Mowatt’s lack of pace is not as obvious in the middle of the park, as his vision and long-range shooting ability compensates.

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Hernandez still has a quick turn of speed at 31, and will be looking to use that against derby right-back Cyrus Christie.

Mowatt, who wears the number 27 shirt, will give the Yorkshire giants more attacking flair and creativity, as he can orchestrate proceedings in his free role.

One-time Spain international Hernandez provides more of an attacking threat on the left of midfield instead of £3million Kemar Roofe, who is yet to prove to Monk his hefty transfer fee.

Elsewhere, in-form duo Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson will continue their impressive partnership at the heart of the defence that has sen Leeds concede just three goals in six games.

Hadi Sacko will continue his impressive start to life on the right of midfield, while captain Liam Bridcutt continues to be replaced by impressive youngster Kalvin Phillips.

Ronaldo Vieira will have to settle for a place on the bench, as will new signings Marcus Antonsson, Matt Grimes and Roofe.

A win for Leeds could see them move to within a whisker of the Championship playoffs, if results go their way.

In other Leeds news, Hadi Sacko has revealed he is enjoying life at Elland Road.