When Alex Mowatt broke through in the 2013/14 season we rightly thought he was another that was rolling off the Academy that was destined to go to the top of his trade, the Donnie lad with the swagger akin to the late Gary Speed.
Although not blessed with the Welshman's pace, he had a sweet left peg and great things were expected in the forthcoming seasons.
It just didn't develop, yes he's scored some incredible goals with that left peg but his performances have dipped so much that this season he's been a bit-part player in the recent superb run the team has had.
The biggest problem that successive manager's have had is where to play him. He's not fast enough on either wing and not as combative as either Kalvin Phillips or Ronaldo Vieira for the middle two places in the 4-2-3-1 formation used by Garry Monk.
Last night he played just behind Marcus Antonsson and had freedom to move wherever he wanted to go, which he did immeasurably better than the other nine outfield players in a very disappointing first half by the men in white.
In the second half he 'ghosted' past a defender to put a cross on the head of Stuart Dallas to equalise and had the common sense to quickly make sure that Pontus Jansson's header towards goal went in for certain.
He was everywhere and seemed to enjoy his 'outing' after quite a while outside the first eleven, maybe he's not Pablo Hernandez, but who is?! However, he offers an option when the Spaniard is out injured, which happens pretty regularly unfortunately.
The other option in Hernandez's position has been Kemar Roofe and the three million pound summer signing has also done well in the 'number ten' role, two options is better than one I've always thought. Roofe has shown that he can be very versatile so maybe the both could be played when needed.
I'm happy Alex Mowatt grabbed his opportunity with legs and his head, maybe, just maybe Monk has found the position many manager's just couldn't find.
Good to have you back Alex.
By Keith Ingham
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