By Alex Stevens
Alex Mowatt is unlikely to be at Leeds next season, according to a reliable journalist.
The midfielder has been a fringe player in Garry Monk’s side this season and is out of contract next summer.
Elland Road chief executive Ben Mansford revealed in November that the club is working on a deal to tie down midfielder Mowatt, 21.
But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay suggested in an update on Mowatt’s situation on his personal Twitter account on Friday that it is questionable whether the academy product will be at the club beyond this campaign.
Asked by a Leeds fan if the central midfielder will go out on loan in the January window, Hay said he was “not so sure about that” but expressed no confidence in the player’s medium-term situation.
@ZachJWard not so sure about that but I’d really start to question whether he’ll be here next season.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 30, 2016
Mowatt has made 17 appearances for Leeds this season but he has started just six of those matches, with most of his game time coming as a substitute.
In total, he has been on the pitch for 649 minutes but has not scored a single goal and supplied just two assists.
Mowatt was voted the club’s player of the year in 2014-15 but he has not been as influential in the last two campaigns and has slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane during the summer as well as the emergence of fellow youngsters Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds are flying high in the Championship and climbed to fourth in the table following their 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Thursday night.
In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.