Recent reports have suggested that Everton and Aston Villa are the leading sides in a pack of groups reportedly interested in trying to poach Alex Mowatt from Leeds United.
A fee of £3 million would be extremely tempting for the Whites but it would be a step in the wrong direction and there are plenty of reasons as to why Leeds should ignore the advances of sides coming forward and looking at the teenager.
Firstly, he’s the perfect demonstration of what young players can achieve at Leeds under Neil Redfearn and a motivational figure for others in the Leeds youth system.
Mowatt can be an inspiration to players in the youth team system, because he’s a physical example of what can be achieved in the first team through hard work and determination.
He’s also one of the club’s most attacking players so far this season.
His four goals from midfield isn’t overly impressive, but it demonstrates that he’s effective in the midfield system that Redfearn wants to use and his goals have come at important times for the club.
Another main reason they can’t let him go is because of the club’s Premier League ambitions.
That aim looks like it will be difficult for the club to achieve this season but for Leeds to get back into the Premier League, they need a core of sustainable players who form the spine of a strong, young and talented side.
It would damage the ambition of the club to sell off players who are ultimately going to be crucial in any Premier League promotion.
Selling him would also be a complete contradiction of Redfearn’s career at the club so far.
He’s formed his reputation over how he works with and develops younger players so it would be a remarkable decision for him to decide that Mowatt is a player he can do away with.
Ultimately, he’s one of the best teenagers in the Championship who Leeds won’t be able to replace. It just doesn’t make any sense for the club to let him go.