Could Leeds be set to lose another academy graduate for the third consecutive window? Possibly!
Rumours are rife that Barnsley are intending to replace the departed Conor Hourihane with Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt.
Leeds have already lost Sam Byram and Lewis Cook in the last two transfer windows and could now be rocked with a third consecutive academy sale.
According to Phil Hay, Barnsley have opened up a dialogue with Leeds and enquiries about the 21-year old midfielders availability during this window.
This is due to the current contract situation going on with Mowatt, his deal is set to expire this summer and no fresh terms have been offered to the player.
Whether this is due to be recent buyout of the club or due to Garry Monk not believing that Mowatt is at the standard he wants at the club, nobody knows!
It is true that Mowatt has struggled to feature at the start of this season under Garry Monk and has only recently come back into the fray after a stunning performance against Cambridge, but to let him go would surely be insane.
Mowatt has shown in previous years the talent and skills that you need to be at the higher end of the Championship scale, the only problem with his consistency is the actual inconsistency of the position he will be played by the incumbent manager at that time.
Monk now seems to know exactly where to play Mowatt in the number 10 position and he will now be utilised as cover should Pablo Hernandez receive a knock, so to let him go would be a massive risk.
I like Mowatt; he's got a sweet left peg, he runs about like a little terrier chasing the ball and his passing range is sublime. To let him go? Surely it would not be good business to allow one of your still emerging talents be allowed to leave to not only your local rivals, but a team that are currently challenging for a playoff spot.
I sincerely hope that we have a plan and the idea is to allow this speculation to die off before offering the midfielder fresh terms. There's no benefit to letting Mowatt go and would show terrible business on the clubs part.
By Ryan Ingham
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