Leeds United’s Donny-born first-team regular Mowatt returns to scene of senior debut

Alex Mowatt.
Alex Mowatt.
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Alex Mowatt will return to the scene of his Leeds United debut on Saturday with more confidence and self-assurance after profiting heavily from an unexpected chance at the Keepmoat.

Mowatt is set to make his 11th league appearance of the season against Doncaster Rovers and his 12th in all since United manager Brian McDermott opted to blood him at the same ground in August.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who grew up in the South Yorkshire town, was a surprising inclusion in the team named by McDermott for Leeds’ Capital One Cup second-round tie, a fixture they won 3-1. Mowatt shone during a 74-minute outing and has been a shining light in McDermott’s line-up for the past three months, earning an England Under-19 call-up and securing a new three-and-a-half year contract with Leeds last week.

Mowatt said: “Last time we went to Doncaster I was pretty quiet in the changing room. I didn’t speak an awful lot because it was my first game.

“It’ll definitely feel different going back this time.

“To play in my home town was good. A lot of my mates are from there, they all got tickets and went to the game. A few of them are Donny fans and there was a bit more pressure but I played all right.”

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