Although it may have been a few years, Leeds United do have a rich heritage of producing some fine young players destined to perform at football’s very highest level. The current squad have some superb prospects playing their way to the top, but Alex Mowatt has jumped right to the front of the queue in recent weeks.
It’s a cliché, but the superlatives of running dry to describe this 20-year-old central midfielder. His all-action and combative nature is now being fused nicely with a new found touch of class and ability to win matches almost on his own.
Most Leeds fans would hopefully agree that his goals aren’t the most valuable attribute that Mowatt brings to the table, yet his strikes alone this season have won the Whites ten points either from losing or drawing positions.
Without those ten points, Mowatt’s side would be in 21st position and still very much in a relegation scrap like they were in recent weeks. Of course most of those ten points have been picked up in their ascension away from trouble.
It would now appear that Neil Redfearn’s men are in that No-Man’s land which often starts to open up at this time of season. They are pretty solid in mid-table; they are a safe way off the drop zone but will not be considered a play-off threat.
Whites fans may want to use this lull to appreciate Mowatt while they still can, because every week he plays his way closer towards the exit-door at Elland Road.
No disrespect, but Leeds are now an average Championship outfit and they will find it tough to keep hold of their assets who are worthy of Premier League football.
There was speculation just before Christmas that Aston Villa and Everton would be keen on pursuing a deal for the young midfielder; one would now suspect that even these two clubs will even face a battle against the bigger boys of the division.
Big fish - little pond
There’s always a case to be had for a player sticking with the club who have raised him for a little while longer until they are ready to move on. However, after two season in the first teams, you get the sense that Mowatt is out-growing the Yorkshire outfit and another season in the second flight may be detrimental.
The good thing for Whites fans and the club’s financial backers is that they would be able to fetch big money for the lad with an eye for a spectacular goal.
It would be the fairly-tale for the home-grown Leeds youngster to be the star that fires his club back to the top level at long last, with the help of others similar to him like Sam Byram and Lewis Cook, but fairy-tales weren’t invented in the time of the Premier League and its attraction.
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