By Amir Mir
Garry Monk has confirmed that Alex Mowatt’s transfer from Leeds to Barnsley is all but done – and fans on Twitter have said that they are sad to see him go.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot reported on his personal Twitter account Monk’s comments on Friday where he stated that the Mowatt deal is “far down the line”.
The 21-year-old came through the ranks at the club, but he has been a fringe player this season under Monk.
Monk says that the Mowatt deal is far down the line and that he hopes that incomings are now imminent as a result #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) January 27, 2017
Therefore, it is understandable that fans on Twitter were sad to see him go considering the connections Mowatt has with the Elland Road faithful.
One fan stated that the Whites are aiming for promotion this season and if it means selling players they don’t need then they have to make those decisions.
Monk’s side are sitting in third place in the Championship table, eight points ahead of seventh-placed Derby as a top six finish is becoming more likely.
Nonetheless, as Leeds push for a return to the top-flight for the first time in 13 years, fans did state that the club should bring in more players when Mowatt leaves.
One supporter was hoping that there is a sell on clause in Mowatt’s deal, while another felt he might follow in the footsteps of Robert Snodgrass and become a brilliant player down the line.
But with the departure of Mowatt beckoning, fans saw the positive sides in signing playmaker Pablo Hernandez on a permanent basis as centre-back Pontus Jansson may also follow suit.
Overall, supporters stated that it is a shame their academy product will leave, but they did feel he did provide a great service to them.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Mowatt for me had talent, just lacked pace & heard from a few he likes a drink. Could explain why he looked so unfit #lufc
— Dan Walker (@GLEBALLS2000) January 27, 2017
So looks like Mowatt is going. Although pontus and pablo are positives I would like to see some new faces in while we r flying high. #lufc
— Noely Daniels (@noel33330) January 27, 2017
Let's hope there's a sell on clause put in the Mowatt deal #lufc
— Marc Dodsworth (@dodders2306) January 27, 2017
You would think Leeds would at least wait till we have signed 1 or 2 before selling Mowatt?! #lufc
— David Burton (@davidburton22) January 27, 2017
A fair few people massively over rating mowatt. We're selling him because he can't get in the team and his contract is nearly up. #lufc
— PJH LUFC (@pistol1603) January 27, 2017
Would be sad to see Mowatt go but I guess there is no room for sentiment; we want top flight football again so whatever Monk reckons #lufc
— Sean G (@SeanyGee) January 27, 2017
can see Mowatt's career following similar path to Snodgrass. I've got mixed emotions #lufc
— EastcoastWhite (@EastcoastWhite) January 27, 2017
Shame to see Mowatt leaving #lufc he has been great for us the last couple of seasons
— Andy Haigh (@ahaigh_bhpcf) January 27, 2017
Shame to see mowatt go but the lad needs to be playing week in week out #lufc
— Ant (@AntVeress) January 27, 2017
In other Leeds transfer news, Garry Monk has delivered an update on the club’s transfer business.