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10th Jan, 2017 | 4:25pm

Unloved by Monk, this gifted midfielder must quit Leeds this month

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt should seek a move away from Elland Road in January in search of regular first-team football.

The 21-year-old was handed a rare start on Monday night in the FA Cup third-round and he delivered a standout performance.

The central midfielder scored one and assisted another in a narrow 2-1 victory over League Two opposition Cambridge.

Leeds manager Garry Monk handed his fringe players the chance to impress in the cup tie and Mowatt was certainly the best player on the park.

Mowatt is still unlikely to force his way into Leeds’ first-team starting line-up in the near future as he sits behind the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane and Pablo Hernandez in the pecking order.

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The youngster proved against Cambridge that he still has huge quality and he should force a move away this January to help his development.

Mowatt has failed to impress Monk since the manager arrived in the summer and he has completed 90 minutes in just two of his 18 appearances under him.

The Englishman has suffered a huge drop this season in form and has fallen out-of-favour with Monk.

Mowatt was a star player for the Whites just two seasons ago as he scooped their Player of the Year prize for the 2014/15 campaign, with nine goals in 38 appearances for the Yorkshire club.

The midfielder needs to rediscover that form immediately and the best way to achieve that is through playing regular football.

His current Leeds contract is set to expire in just six months time and he should waste no time by trying to leave in the January window, which could help the gifted youngster kick on to the next stage of his career.

In other Leeds news, Steve Claridge has identified the two things the club have done to help Monk deliver the goods.

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