Ben Mansford spoke of contract talks between Leeds United and Alex Mowatt before the beginning of the season and as of yet nothing has materialised. In all honesty there hasn’t even been a peep from either camp and Alex Mowatt’s impact after a good pre-season has faded in the wake of Pablo Hernandez who’s come into form for the club.
I was very critical of Mowatt last season but it seemed like he could be key this season, Monk using him in his best position during pre-season before dropping him on opening day for Matt Grimes. Mowatt has constantly been played out of position since breaking into the side and he’s exposed in areas where he clearly isn’t suited. His ability on the ball isn’t in question and at times this season (despite playing wide) he’s looked very good under Garry Monk. The one chance we thought he would get was in the cup, where Kalvin Phillips played the number 10 role which was slightly strange.
Mowatt’s future is becoming increasingly more in question than I thought it would be. I don’t think he’s good enough to step up to the Premier League but I do think other Championship clubs may pay for the midfielder. I’d be gutted if he left as his potential far outweighs his current value and despite feeling like he’s been around for a long time he’s still very young. His character seems to be popular around the club, often named as the biggest joker. It’s a big chance to let a player leave who holds so much potential and other clubs are sure to be looking at Mowatt as we speak.
Mowatt’s career stalled last season after a brilliant season in 2014/2015 where he picked up the player of the year award after scoring some very important and equally spectacular goals to steer us away from trouble that we were defiantly getting caught up in. Mowatt’s future needs to be sorted in the next few months or we risk losing him on a free transfer.