Report: Newcastle watching Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt

Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing Alex Mowatt of Leeds United.

Newcastle United are hoping to discover the next Dele Alli playing in the Football League, and a report in the Chronicle has claimed they believe Alex Mowatt of Leeds United could be that star.

Alli has proven that stepping up from the Football League to the Premier League is possible, and after establishing himself in the Tottenham team, the midfielder has become an England international.

The Magpies have recently changed their scouting philosophy to look towards the lower leagues rather than signing players from abroad, and Mowatt has been watched by the Tyneside club ahead of the January transfer window.

Mowatt, 20, is one of the most highly rated young English players around right now, having broken onto the scene at Elland Road in the 2013/14 season. He has scored 12 goals in 86 games for the Whites, and has earned recognition at Under-20 level for England.

This season has been a hard one for Mowatt, and under Uwe Rosler he was struggling for form. However, since Steve Evans was appointed head coach, the midfielder has started showing what is expected of him, scoring his two goals this term in successive games against Cardiff and Huddersfield.

Able to play as a central, attacking or wide midfielder, Mowatt has the versatility to adapt to the needs of his team, and Newcastle clearly feel he can reach his full potential if he moves to St James’ Park.

The report indicates that Mowatt is one of a number of English players being looked at by chief scout Graham Carr, with Kemar Roofe of Oxford United also in the frame ahead of the January transfer window.

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