By Dominic Toner
Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt has completed a move to Barnsley, it was announced on Friday afternoon.
The Whites confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 21-year-old has moved to Oakwell for an undisclosed fee.
He has been purchased by Barnsley to replace Conor Hourihane, who was sold to Aston Villa in January.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 27, 2017
Mowatt is a product of the Leeds academy and made 125 senior appearances since breaking into the first-team.
His best season came in the 2014/15 campaign when he was awarded the club’s player of the year for his impressive performances.
He has found his game time limited under manager Garry Monk this season and had just six months remaining on his contract.
Mowatt will leave behind a Leeds side that are fighting for promotion this season, but his new club Barnsley are still eyeing a spot in the play-offs.
Football Insider verdict:
Mowatt’s move seems like a good one for both club and player, but it will sad to see an academy graduate leave. The midfielder has certainly enjoyed some great times for the Whites and was one of their most influential players at one points. He has undoubted talent for a 21-year-old and can still be an important player in the Championship with Barnsley. However, he has been unable to force his way into Monk’s strongest XI this season as Leeds really push for promotion to the Premier League. He has been unable to match the style and it’s probably the right time for him to move on.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have tabled a bid for a lower league goal machine.