Leeds fans react on Twitter to speculation about last gasp midfielder transfer

By Alex Stevens

Alex Mowatt has reportedly emerged as a late-window target for Barnsley – and Leeds fans have given mixed views to the possibility of him leaving.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Barnsley are “interested” in prising the left-footed midfielder, 21, from their Championship rivals.

The Tykes are said to be keen to take advantage of the contract situation of Mowatt, whose current Leeds deal expires at the end of the season.

Barnsley will have cash in the bank after selling duo James Bree and Conor Hourihane to second tier rivals Aston Villa this week.

Like Hourihane, Mowatt is a playmaker although his career has nosedived in the last two seasons since he showed such immense promise in 2014-15, when he was named the Leeds player of the year.

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The midfielder has struggled to establish himself under Garry Monk this campaign with his last start in the league coming on 15 October in a 1-0 defeat against Derby.

Some Leeds supporters believe it is time for Mowatt to cut his ties with Monk’s side, while others believe it would be premature to allow a young player of potential to quit.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Monk has been on the fringes of the Leeds side this season and, although he is regularly named in the matchday squad, he is behind the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe in the pecking order for the attacking midfield positions.

In all competitions, the 21-year-old has played in 20 fixtures this season, but just seven of them have been starts.

He featured in Leeds’ 2-0 Wednesday victory over Nottingham Forest, but he was limited to a 10-minute substitute appearance.

Monk did play a starring role in the 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Cambridge United earlier this month, when he created the equaliser and scored the winning goal.

In other Leeds news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.

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