Any footballer’s agent who would recommend a move from Leeds United to Manchester United is probably one who would need his head testing, despite the inevitable money to be made. However, as much as it is never likely to happen, Alex Mowatt would be the perfect candidate for such a move.
The young midfielder is currently Yorkshire’s equivalent, or indeed answer to Manchester City’s superstar David Silva, and imagine how tasty things would be if he was United’s.
Leeds have been climbing the Championship table at a rate of knots since the turn of the new year, having looked like being strong relegation candidates at one stage, and they have plenty to thank for such a turnaround.
Unlocking the door
The formerly beleaguered manager Neil Redfearn seems to have found a system that now fits his side after what for a while seemed like a squad with precious little cohesion, passion or direction. His players deserve a certain amount of credit for finally fitting the bill too.
However, what an in-form team usually has is that one player who can unlock the door on his own – regardless of any finely-laid plans from his manager or assistance from his teammates. Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Alexi Sanchez and the aforementioned Silva… a few names spring to mind like this.
Mowatt is the man to do this for Leeds. In their last two matches, the Academy graduate has been the man to break the opposition’s resistance.
Both goals, one which beat high-flying Middlesbrough and the other a gem of a free-kick against rivals Millwall, were taken with the composure and maturity not befitting of a 20-year-old (he was a teenager less than a fortnight ago).
It’s not just about the goals either and that’s why the Premier Leagues will inevitably come calling and that is also why one of them should be Manchester United.
Substance over style
Louis van Gaal’s men have been accused of a lack of style this season. The scarily-expensive quadruple up-front of Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria have either underperformed or not been given enough service, depending on which United fan’s Twitter page you look-on.
While one would expect at least one of those to depart this summer – you don’t really want a Falcao on £300k-per-week warming the bench – those that remain will need some help.
Marouane Fellaini has had more joy as a striker anyway, while the likes of Daley Blind and Michael Carrick are not ‘that type of player’. It seems like Juan Mata and Ander Herrera must still be upsetting the boss in response for his masterminding of a World Cup nightmare for Spain.
The perfect void
Untrusted in the Premier League he may be, but Mowatt would be perfect at filling that void. He has a healthy mix of all of those United central midfielders mentioned. What’s more, they wouldn’t need to break the bank quite as much as they would for the next flavour of the month from elsewhere in Europe’s elite.
The only problem would be that the young lad would probably fear for his life whenever he returned to his hometown.