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Chris Wood delivers verdict on Mowatt exit from Leeds

By Will Butcher

Chris Wood believes Alex Mowatt will thrive at Barnsley after securing a January transfer to the Tykes on Friday afternoon.

The 21-year-old playmaker put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal at Oakwell for an undisclosed fee, after plummeting down the pecking order at Elland Road under Garry Monk.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, New Zealand international Wood claimed the Leeds academy graduate “will do really well” in the red of Barnsley.

Mowatt has been limited to intermittent appearances with the Yorkshire giants this season, making just seven starts in all competitions.

With less than six months remaining on his Elland Road contract, Barnsley have decided to snap up the attacking midfielder after losing captain Conor Hourihane to Aston Villa.

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Renowned for his magnificent long-range shooting ability, the Tykes will be hoping Mowatt can reproduce the form that saw him earn Leeds’ 2014-15 Player of the Season award.

Making his Leeds debut at just 18, Mowatt went on to play 125 times in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants as well as finding the back of the net 13 times.

Mowatt could now be drafted in to the Barnsley side to face another Yorkshire rival in Rotherham at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants have made an offer for this virtual goal-per-game striker.

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