Leeds United: Alex in the frame for November Championship player of the month award

Player of the month contender Alex Mowatt.
Player of the month contender Alex Mowatt.
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Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has been shortlisted for the Championship’s player-of-the-month award for November after rediscovering his goalscoring form with two stunning strikes last month.

Mowatt is one of four players in contention for the prize following spectacular goals in the space of five days during wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.

The 20-year-old, who was previously nominated for the November award last season and won the Football League’s young player trophy that same month, ended Leeds’ eight-month wait for a home victory with a 25-yard effort against Cardiff on November 3.

The following weekend, his spectacular finish sealed a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town and drew high praise from United head coach Steve Evans.

Mowatt’s goal against Cardiff was his first of the season as the youngster struggled to find his form during the early months of the Championship term.

Speaking last month, Evans said: “When I arrived the kid was down and he might have been down for the season.

“I reminded him of the good days last year and of the special goals I’ve seen from him myself. But it’s not just his goals. His all-round play is what makes the babies of this club very special.

“Since I’ve come into the club, young Alex has probably had another lease of life. He’s on the way back up.”

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson, Brighton winger Solly March and Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy are also nominated for the Sky Bet-sponsored player-of-the-month award. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

Since the awards were inaugurated in 2004, only four Leeds players have ever claimed the monthly prize – Ross McCormack, Casper Ankergren, Dougie Freedman and Jermaine Beckford.

McCormack last claimed the Championship’s trophy in November 2013, a month in which he scored four times in one match at Charlton Athletic.