COMMENT By Will Butcher
Garry Monk must give forgotten star Alex Mowatt a chance in Leeds FA Cup third-round tie against Cambridge on Monday night.
The 21-year-old has failed to start for Leeds since October as the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe remain above him in the attacking midfield pecking order at Elland Road.
A favourite under ex-Elland Road manager Neil Redfearn, Leeds’ number 27 won the Player of the Year award in 2014-15 as the former youth coach inspired his academy product.
During his 38 Championship appearances, Mowatt scored nine goals in a side that struggled to find consistency both on and off the pitch with managers Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic joining Redfearn in being sacked by Massimo Cellino.
However, things have turned sour for Mowatt since Redfearn left Leeds in 2015. He was a bit-part figure under Steve Evans last season and slipped even further down the pecking order in 2016-17.
Just 13 league appearances this season has seen him fail to prove to Monk why he deserves a new deal.
With only six months remaining on his current Leeds deal has thrown his future into doubt, as he looks to show Leeds hierarchy why he deserves an extended stay at his boyhood club.
Possessing a wonderful left foot, Mowatt is known for his ability to score from anywhere as well as being able to provide a dangerous delivery from dead-ball situations.
Despite starting just four of Leeds 25 Championship fixtures, Mowatt has still provided two assists against Blackburn and Birmingham and still has something to offer the Yorkshire giants.
With League Two outfit Cambridge looking to secure a giant killing on Monday night, Mowatt must be given a chance to prove why he deserves an extended run in the first team under Monk.
In other Leeds news, four academy products should start in Monk’s side to face Cambridge at Abbey Road.