Leeds United’s squad this year is infamously young, with notable first team players Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Brazilian import Adryan all being 21 and under.
But in his column for Yorkshire Evening Post, former player Eddie Gray has hailed the improvement of midfielder Alex Mowatt as perhaps the most profound.
“He’s scoring goals, he looks as if he’s capable of doing that from the midfield area and that’s important if you’re going to be a top midfield player, especially one whose game involves him getting forward,” the ex-winger wrote.
“You’ve got to chip in with your share of goals and the boy looks as if he can do that.”
Gray, who made 454 appearances for Leeds between 1966 and 1983, has also been impressed by 17-year-old Alex Cook’s progress, but says Mowatt’s recent goalscoring form has particularly caught his eye.
“They both missed out on playing for England’s youth sides this week, though, and in terms of one day making the full national side it’s a long road ahead and it’s a bit premature to start talking about that,” Gray went on to say about the pair.
“First of all they’ve got to establish themselves on a regular basis and that means playing for a season or so in Leeds United’s first team and maintain the progress that they’ve shown. The two boys have definitely got the talent to go all the way but you need a lot of things to go for you.”
Leeds face Blackburn on Saturday, and will be hoping to continue the upturn in form that saw them beat Blackpool 3-1 before the international break.