FL72 Talking Points: Alex Mowatt could play at highest level, says Andy Hinchliffe
Last Updated: 09/11/15 8:33pm
Andy Hinchcliffe tackles this week's talking points and says Alex Mowatt is destined for the top after another stunning strike for Leeds...
The Sky Sports expert also insisted there are numerous other top young talents at Elland Road to keep an eye on as he talks us through the major issues from the weekend, including whether Hull can maintain their position at the top of the Championship table.
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The key factors were Steve Bruce staying on at Hull and keeping hold of key players in the summer like Ahmed Elmohamady and Abel Hernandez.
After two screamers in the same week, Steve Evans can thank Alex Mowatt for helping the new Leeds boss secure back-to-back victories.
After his stunning strike was the difference against Cardiff last Tuesday night at Elland Road, Mowatt sealed a morale-boosting 3-0 derby success at Huddersfield with another superb strike, alerting potential suitors. Is he good enough to play at a higher level?
HINCHCLIFFE SAYS: There is no doubt that Alex Mowatt can play at a higher level. If you look at the young players they are bringing though at Leeds - Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt - they just needed a run of games, and that is what Mowatt is getting now.
There is no better sight than a left-footer striking the ball like that, it just looks effortless. Mowatt is an all-round good player, as are most of the young players at Leeds. All three could play at a higher level.
Hull hit the heights
With Middlesbrough's all-action displays, Derby's resurgence of late and Brighton's invincibility grabbing the headlines, Hull have put together a fine run of five successive league wins seemingly out of nowhere, and sit top of the pile in the Championship.
The latest success came against promotion rivals Boro, with Steve Bruce's side putting the men from Teeside to the sword at the KC Stadium. Are they serious promotion candidates?
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HINCHLIFFE SAYS: It is easy to say they are promotion candidates now with them being top, but I have always fancied them. The key factors were Steve Bruce staying on and keeping hold of key players in the summer like Ahmed Elmohamady and Abel Hernandez. These are the type of players that I thought they would have to sell in the summer.
With Steve, I did wonder whether his heart was still in it, having done it before. I had a chat with him after the Sheffield Wednesday game, questioning him on whether he'd be up for the fight.
He said that he did have doubts, but keeping hold of his players helped persuade him. They wanted him to stay on and play for him. That sold him.
A combination of an experienced manager and top players should see them challenge for the top two.
Wednesday back down to earth
After a substantial outlay on players in the summer, Sheffield Wednesday fans were expectant ahead of the new season, after a run of 12 games without defeat, including that impressive 3-0 success against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, the Hillsborough terraces were starting to dream.
However, a disappointing showing in a 3-1 defeat at out-of-form Charlton at the weekend brought the Owls back down to earth. Not ideal before the international break.
HINCHCLIFFE SAYS: One defeat in 12 is an amazing run. You don't go on a run like that through good fortune. With the methods that he uses, with a smile on his face, Carlos Carvalhal has got the players enjoying their football.
In the Championship you are going to lose games, it is a tough division. If they continue doing what they've been doing, they'll be dark horses for promotion.
It is the whole feeling around the club. I've been back a few times and you feel something is happening at Sheffield Wednesday. One defeat is not the end of the world.
Symons on his way
A 5-2 defeat at home to Birmingham was the final straw for the Fulham hierarchy at the weekend, with Kit Symons relieved of his duties with the Cottagers sitting in 12th in the Championship.
In a division known for its ruthlessness when it comes to manager patience, was Symons harshly treated after two defeats in their last seven games?
HINCHCLIFFE SAYS: There are managers like Carlos Carvalhal who are coming into the division and doing a great job, even though not many people had heard about them previously, so Fuham might go down that route.
I do feel sorry for Kit. They are the division's top scorers with 29, but they have conceded 28 - that's why they are where they are.
Kit tried to sort things out by signing Tim Ream and Richard Stearman - experienced defenders - to shore things up at the back, but it hasn't worked.
When you concede five at home, that maybe made the owner's minds up. Kit is a good man, and I am sure the players will be disappointed.
Rs task at hand
Goals were once again in short supply for QPR as they were held to a goalless draw by Preston at Loftus Road on Saturday - their third game in a row without finding the net.
Neil Warnock took temporary charge, but even with a talented squad still in place, the Rs managerial role represents a tough proposition in such a competitive league.
HINCHLIFFE SAYS: They have done the right thing in getting rid of some of the big earners at the club, they brought in young, hungry players like Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Massimo Luongo but it wasn't enough.
The problem with anyone coming into the club is the weight of expectation. They will be expected to finish in the top six, if not the top two.
All the basics are there, the squad is excellent. They were treading water a little bit in most of the games I've seen, and not putting in the performances that those players were capable of. They just need a manager to come in and galvanise the players, and tell the players they are capable of much, much better.