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Forget the rumours: Alex Mowatt must stay at Leeds United

With West Ham United the latest club to be linked with Alex Mowatt, the simple fact is, he should remain at Leeds United for the long haul.

This season has seen a number of young players excel at Leeds United, but arguably the best of the bunch has been midfielder Alex Mowatt.

Lewis Cook fans may disagree, but there is no doubt the 20-year-old has been a vital part of Neil Redfearn’s side, blossoming into a player who is reportedly attracting interest from plenty of top flight clubs, with the paper copy of the Sun on Sunday linking West Ham United this weekend.

Mowatt has made 28 appearances for Leeds this season but in recent weeks he has gone from talented youngster to regular hero.

His goal in the 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic on Saturday was his eighth of the season and his fourth in his last six matches.

That kind of form would be welcomed by some of the Premier League’s top strikers, but Mowatt has been changing matches from midfield – both centrally and on the left wing.

To show just how important Mowatt has become, he has scored in victories with one-goal margins four times in 2015.

In short, he is making the difference and the question must be asked: Just how long can Leeds keep hold of him?

With a contract until the summer of 2017, Mowatt is committed to Leeds for a while yet, but the time will soon come for him to decide whether to sign a new contract or move on; with some lucrative offers likely to be on the table should he opt for the latter.

But he should stay at Elland Road, with Leeds the best club for him at this stage of his career.

He has blossomed there and he can continue to do so given time, with his manager fully aware of how to get the best out of young players.

If he stays at Leeds Mowatt could be the leader of the club’s next generation; a player who can help take them back to the Premier League.

The rumours will continue with every new match-winning performance, but Mowatt should ignore them, and Leeds should do everything in their power to convince him to stay for many years to come.

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