Leeds fans claim recalled player in the last chance saloon against Cambridge
By Alex Stevens
Alex Mowatt has been recalled to the Leeds team for their FA Cup clash against Cambridge on Monday night – and fans on Twitter have said he is drinking in the last chance saloon.
The Elland Road academy product has been a bit-part figure this season after losing his regular place in the team.
The attacking midfielder, 21, has been handed just his seventh start of the campaign for the third-round cup tie against the League Two outfit at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
Manager Garry Monk has made eight changes to the team that beat Rotherham 3-0 in the Championship on Monday of last week, with Marco Silvestri, Tyler Denton, Liam Cooper, Matt Grimes, Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas and Marcus Antonsson also handed recalls.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 9, 2017
Leeds supporters believe it is a particularly important match for Mowatt, whose star has fallen since he was named the club’s player of the year in the 2014/15 season.
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Fans want the midfielder to show why he deserves to be part of the club’s future, with some claiming it is his last chance to deliver the goods.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Could Mowatt’s last chance for a future with us tonight. Been miles away from Monk’s best team so far. #lufc
— mattcollins (@mattcollins141) January 9, 2017
Big night for mowatt and grimes tonight, hope they do well #lufc
— x (@JackLUFC14) January 9, 2017
If Mowatt doesn’t shine tonight not much hope for him #lufc
— markcally (@markcally8) January 9, 2017
These are the games where Mowatt needs to show how much he wants to play for us. Big chance for him #lufc
— Tom Weldon (@WeldonTom) January 9, 2017
— Chris Bobby Moore (@moorie13) January 9, 2017
Desperately want Mowatt to do well tonight. Still think he has big future ahead of him…hopefully with us #LUFC
— Michael (@Leeds_Talk) January 9, 2017
Monk appears to have selected his team with one eye on Friday’s Championship clash against Derby, as he has given a breather to key quintet Charlie Taylor, Liam Bridcutt, Luke Ayling, Pablo Hernandez and Hadi Sacko.
The five, who would all be expected to start on Friday if fit, have been given a rest due to concerns about fatigue or fitness.
Leeds have genuine hopes of clinching a play-off spot after winning four of their last five league matches to reach fifth in the Championship table, just seven points adrift of an automatic promotion spot.
In other Leeds news, Monk has clinched his second January transfer.