McDermott determined to keep hold of Leeds youngster Mowatt

The Whites boss is eager to tie the player down to a long-term deal.

After all but admitting defeat in his attempts to bring in fresh legs on loan, Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has turned his attentions to tying youngster Alex Mowatt to a long-term deal with the Elland Road club.

The midfielder has been a rare highlight for the Yorkshire team, which has otherwise struggled for goals and form in the Championship.

A product of the Leeds United academy, Mowatt made his first-team debut back in August and has since found himself very much a part of McDermott’s plans, having been named in the starting eleven in each of the Whites’ last three league fixtures.

But while loan signings continue to be an immediate priority for the team, the United boss is very much aware that Premier League teams could soon come calling for the player should the impressive performances continue.

And speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, McDermott made it clear to one and all that he is eager to tie Mowatt down to not only a longer deal, but one with improved terms.

“You’re constantly monitoring players’ contracts,” he admitted to the news provider.

“Alex has got a year-and-a-half to go here but he’s done extremely well so we need to speak to him and his people…He’s got real ability.”

Leeds are no strangers to losing some of their most talented youngsters before their time, with fans having witnessed some of the brightest young stars in the country come and go over the past few years.

A young James Milner departed Elland Road back in 2004 following relegation to the Championship while Fabian Delph moved for big money to Aston Villa and Danny Rose was plucked from the club as a youngster by Tottenham Hotspur.

While no Premier League side has yet to express an interest in Mowatt, should the impressive performances continue one could soon come knocking.

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