By Will Butcher

Daniel Gabbidon believes Leeds have lost a “good player” after Alex Mowatt joined Yorkshire rivals Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

Mowatt, 21, joined Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley on Friday afternoon for an undisclosed fee, after struggling to gain any regular game time at Elland Road under manager Garry Monk.

Gabbidon described Mowatt as a “great signing” for Barnsley on his personal Twitter account, as they snapped the attacking midfielder up on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Leeds’ academy product has been brought in to replace former captain Conor Hourihane at Oakwell, after the Irishman joined Aston Villa earlier this month.

Known for his wonderful left foot and long-range shooting ability, Barnsley will be hoping Mowatt can replicate the form that saw him win Leeds’ Player of the Year award in 2014-15.

Leeds’ number 27 decided to leave Elland Road after making just seven starts all season under former Swansea boss Monk.

With just six months remaining on his current deal, Leeds have decided to cash in on their playmaker before losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

Since his debut for the Elland Road club back in August 2013, Mowatt has made a huge 125 league and cup appearances for the Yorkshire giants, scoring 13 goals.

Gabbidon, who played for the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City throughout his career, is confident that Mowatt will prove to be a shrewd move by Barnsley chiefs.

In other Leeds transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the departure of Mowatt.

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