By Alex Stevens
Leeds are in a dilemma over what deal to offer Alex Mowatt following his man-of-the-match display on Monday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Mowatt and his representatives have held talks with the club about extending his contract beyond this summer, when it is due to expire.
But it is said that an agreement is not in place as Elland Road chiefs weigh up whether to “match the deal given to Mowatt by Gulf Finance House in 2013, to offer him reduced terms or to release him on a free transfer when this season ends”.
Mowatt’s future is in the spotlight after he took advantage of a rare start to spearhead Leeds to a 2-1 win against Cambridge in their tricky FA Cup third round tie at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
The Elland Road academy graduate scored the winning goal – his first of the season – with a deft header after setting up the opener for Stuart Dallas with a pinpoint cross from the byline.
The 21-year-old playmaker has been a peripheral figure in Garry Monk’s side this season following the arrivals of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe last summer, and the massive strides made by fellow academy products Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira.
He has started just four league matches and was not named in the 18-man squad for the most recent league encounter, when Leeds beat Rotherham 3-0.
Mowatt will now hope he is in contention for a place in the starting XI on Friday night, when Leeds host Derby at Elland Road in the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
One swallow does not make a summer, and Mowatt must provide more evidence of the pedigree that earned him the club’s player of the year award two seasons ago. He has struggled in his rare run-outs in the Championship this season, with his lack of pace a real issue in the helter-skelter second tier battleground. But there is no doubt about the quality of his left foot or his ability to create and finish when he is given space. Mowatt must use Monday’s encouraging display as a springboard to win a new deal.
In other Leeds news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a Bundesliga assists machine.