Alex Mowatt wants to enhance his reputation as a goalscoring midfielder after being challenged by Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn to reach double figures this season.
Mowatt stole the show with two exquisite finishes during last night’s 2-2 draw with Charlton, taking his tally of goals to four.
The 19-year-old is into his second term as a first-team professional at Leeds and Redfearn – one of the coaches responsible for his progression through the academy – said Mowatt was rediscovering the form he produced during his time as captain of United’s Under-18 squad.
“He’s a class act and he’s going to get better,” Redfearn said. “There’s more to come from him.
“I’ve reminded him that he used to score goals for me. He used to be a double-figures man every season and he’s starting to score again now.
“He’s got the ability to affect the oppositions’ penalty box and I think he’s a complete midfield player. He got good touch and awareness, he competes, he gets about the pitch and he can finish.”
Mowatt scored just once last season in a 5-1 win over Huddersfield but his brace yesterday followed on from an impressive effort at Cardiff City on Saturday.
The midfielder spoke highly of Redfearn, saying: “He’s got confidence in me. He knows I scored a lot of goals for the youth team so he’s always telling me to get forward and get shots off. Under him I’m going to do that.”
Mowatt’s first strike against Charlton – a nerveless finish from 20 yards – gave United a 1-0 lead and another classy goal later in the game looked to have earned Leeds a win.
“With the first one, I was going to shoot with my right foot but I thought again, got it onto my left and got a good shot off,” he said. “With the second one, I just caught it sweet.
“But I’m gutted we didn’t get three points. That’s the main thing.”